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Roswell Declared 'All-America City'

From: Stig Agermose <stig.agermose@privat.dk>
Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2002 06:15:14 +0200
Fwd Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2002 12:08:40 -0400
Subject: Roswell Declared 'All-America City' 

Source: The Ledger (Lakeland, Florida),




Lakeland Misses All-America Final Cut

Sunday, June 16, 2002

The Ledger


KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It was all or nothing for Lakeland in its
bid to become an All-America City on Saturday night, and the
city came away with empty hands.

Ten cities from Alaska to Alabama to New York were chosen as
2002 All-America cities in a huge, packed convention room at
the Hyatt Regency in Kansas City. Lakeland was one of the 20
finalists that didn't make the final cut.

The other finalist from Florida, Miami Beach, was also left
at the altar.

Representatives from the cities that weren't chosen by the 10
judges were repeatedly told there was little difference
between their cities and the 10 that were chosen. That was
little consolation to Lakeland's small delegation of a dozen
people, who were clearly disappointed.

"It's better to have tried and failed than to not have tried
at all," Mayor Buddy Fletcher said. "But I don't really
consider this a failure. We learned a lot here and it was
worth the effort. We'll be back again."

Commissioner Gow Fields wasn't so sure. "That's really a
question for the community to answer," he said.

Fields said one thing refreshing about the effort was to
learn that many projects touted by other cities are things
that Lakeland has been doing for a long time.

The 10 All-America Cities are Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Anchorage,
Alaska; Fountain, Colo.; Elgin, Ill.; Roswell, N.M.; Buffalo,
N.Y.; Huntington, N.Y.; Weslaco, Texas; Hampton, Va.; and
Everett, Wash.

The All-America City with the smallest population was
Fountain, with 15,197. The largest was the Buffalo region,
which boasts 1.17 million people.

Three of the 30 finalists have populations of between 80,000
and 90,000, including Lakeland, but none of them was chosen
as All-America cities.

Lakeland brought one of the smallest delegations, but
bringing a bunch more people was no guarantee of victory. One
of the largest delegations, about 160 people, came from
Hammond, Ind., which also walked away with nothing.

Officials from Roswell were pleased with their new All-
America distinction. Now, they said, they can be known as
something other than the world's UFO capital.

Rick Rousos can be reached at rick.rousos@theledger.com or


=A9 2002 The Ledger

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