Tallahassee is 2015 All-America City

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Posted at 11:57 PM, Jun 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-15 07:14:51-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)-- The results are in and Tallahassee is chosen as an All-America City for 2015. City officials, community members and organizations all traveled to Denver for the presentation of awards by the National Civic League.

The award celebrates cities that have engaged residents in innovative efforts to tackle critical challenges in their community. Tallahassee was last nominated back in 1999 and is back at it again 16 years later.

The city's 2015 entry highlighted various community programs and initiatives including the construction of Cascades Park.

Tallahassee is really great because it's constantly growing. In the past year, we have had a lot of new developments like college town like where we're in right now and Cascades park is really wonderful," said Summer Matchett, Tallahassee resident.

Other community members highlighted the ability to start a business in the Capitial City.

Jonathan Waters said, "It's a beautiful place to start a business. There's so many opportunities here. And so much room for growth and expansion."

Benefits of the award include economic gain, as well as, national exposure. More than 6000 communities have won this prestigious award since 1949. The focus of this year's competition was efforts towards the egnagement and support of young men and boys.

Tallahassee joins 9 other cities including: Somerville, MA; Spokane, WA; and Stockton, California.