Mayor Gillum: "Celebrate Our Successes, Not Cower From Our Challenges"

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Posted at 7:41 AM, Jun 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-15 08:44:42-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- The City of Tallahassee is vying for a national honor of being declared an All-America City.

The city was recently named as a finalist, and local leaders and community groups are preparing to head to Denver to compete in the national campaign.

The city was awarded this designation in 1999. The All-America Award is the oldest community recognition program in the nation.

In Tallahassee's application, three major initiatives were highlighted: Cascades Park, the group Distinguished Young Gentleman and the city's Neighborhood Reach Program.

While the city has had a recent rash of violence and shootings, Mayor Andrew Gillum says no city is perfect, and the way the community is coming together to take back the streets

Tallahassee Mayor  Gillum and application coordinator Rick Minor joined us on WTXL Sunrise about this effort and why it could mean so much for the city. Click the thumbnail to watch the complete interview.

You can help Tallahassee's All-America City efforts by sharing photos, videos and message about why the city is special to you an your family. On social media, you can use #Tally4AAC and #AAC15. You can also email

All of the finalist cities will be in Colorado this weekend. Winners will be announced on Sunday.