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Tarpon in running to be named an All-American city

— A little extra positive recognition never hurts.

Tarpon Springs is in the running to be receive a 2014 All-American City Award from the National Civic League, a 120-year-old non-profit organization that advocates for governmental transparency and openness.

Each year the group recognizes 10 communities for their “outstanding civic accomplishments,” according to the NCL website. Winning communities must demonstrate “innovation, inclusiveness, civic engagement and cross-sector collaboration by describing successful efforts to address pressing local challenges.”

Tarpon Springs is now one of 25 finalists from across the country. Fort Lauderdale is the other Florida finalist.

“This is a tremendous recognition for our city, our residents and our businesses,” Mayor David Archie said in a city press release. “Being named a finalist is a tribute to the power of citizens working together to make Tarpon Springs a better place, and I am so proud of our city for its accomplishments.”

The NCL has been honoring communities since 1949. Potential nominees must submit applications and list three examples of successful community change and engagement.

This year’s 10 award winners will be named at the NCL’s 2014 awards event in Denver, Colo. from June 13-15.

To learn more about the All-American City Awards go to

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