Here it is.
Southwest Airlines is a sponsor of the 2010 All-America City Awards. Their blog is called “Nuts about Southwest.”
“Mayor John Cook said, ‘I think our focus on children really impressed the judges.’
No doubt, because children are the future of any city and any society. Focusing on them cannot be anything but positive.
And El Paso’s delegation to the awards ceremony in Kansas City, Mo., played on that theme when it emphasized an El Paso program at public libraries promoting child literacy and health.
The award also shows that the reality of El Paso can overcome the myth in some quarters that El Paso is a violent border city. This assumption is too often made because El Paso lives in the shadow of violence of neighboring Juárez.
But that just shows the dangers of assumptions. El Paso is, and has been, designated one of the country’s safest major cities, and the murder rate here is significantly lower than in most other U.S. cities….”
Read the entire editorial here.
I was going through photos of the All-America City Awards event and found several that made me smile and a few that made me laugh out loud – this is one of the latter! Thanks to Mount Pleasant’s Town Administrator Mac Burdette (pictured in shark hat) and Erica Campbell (in the shrimp costume) for helping make this experience so FUN!
The National Civic League announced the winners of the 61st annual All-America City award during a celebration at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City.
Summaries of their projects after the jump
In the video below, Sharon Metz, the foreperson of the All-America City Awards jury tells about judging. Mike McGrath, the Senior Editor of National Civic League, tells about NCL’s experiments with social media.
Last night’s Civic Action Fair and Cultural Entertainment Showcase here in Kansas City was a lot of fun. I will post videos later, but let’s start with pictures. You can find the pictures here.