TUPELO, Miss. — The City of Tupelo was awarded a tremendous honor by the National Civic League.
For the fifth year, the city was given the “All-American City Award”.
According to reports, the prestigious award is considered the “Grammy of civic engagement”.
Tupelo was reportedly recognized for its efforts in bringing together hundreds of volunteers to rebuild 235 homes in only eight days.
” Our Tupelo team is extremely honored to become the first city in the southeastern United States to be named a five-time All-American winner,” said Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton, “It’s amazing to be recognized for the hard work of our citizens to build a better community for all citizens.”
Tupelo is the only city in the south that has accomplished winning the award five times (1967, 1989, 1999, 2011).
The award is given out to ten cities each year.
Finalists for the award included Marana, Arizona; Carson, California; Salinas, California; Stockton, California; North Lauderdale, Florida; Orlando, Florida; Tallahassee, Florida; Quincy, Illinois; Somerville, Massachusetts; Geneva, New York; Asheboro, North Carolina; Marshall, Texas; Petersburg, Virginia; Spokane, Washington; and Yakima, Washington.