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In celebration of Chandler being honored with the All-America City award, the public is invited to an All- America City community celebration at 6:30 p.m. Fri., July 30 at the Chandler Center for the Arts. There will be a reception with entertainment and light refreshments, followed by a presentation by Mayor Boyd W. Dunn at 7 p.m. A video highlighting the Chandler delegation’s trip to Kansas City will be shown, including the 10-minute presentation to the judges. The event will also honor the people, organizations and corporate sponsors who supported the City’s award application.

Credit for Chandler’s All-America City award doesn’t belong to any single person or group, according to

Dunn, who says it’s truly an award earned by the entire community. With that in mind, he is reaching out to Chandler schools, businesses, churches and residents, asking them to show pride in their community during the month of July and beyond.

“In the middle of this challenging economy, our City just earned one of the most prestigious awards a community can receive, and we should celebrate our accomplishment and the many good news stories it represents,” says Dunn. Chandler Unifi ed School District Superintendent Camille Casteel is already on the bandwagon, sending a request to all Chandler schools asking them to place a congratulatory message on their marquees. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO David Warkentin

Community Mayor asks community to celebrate All-America City award

is also encouraging Chandler businesses to join in the celebration in similar ways. The members of “For Our City, Chandler,” a coalition of places of worship, nonprofi ts and government agencies has also received a message from the Mayor soliciting support. “In diffi cult times, it is important to count our blessings and focus on good news and our positive accomplishments. Chandler is blessed with good people who work together to improve our community and build a better future for our children,” Dunn wrote in a message to the group. “Chandler is truly the epitome of an All-America City, and all or your organizations share in this recognition. We hope you will help us tout this great honor to your

customers, clients, students and congregations and show your community spirit in the coming weeks and months.”

Dunn noted that the National Civic League honors only 10 communities each year, and this year Chandler competed against 26 other fi nalists and many more applicants for the award.

“The vice president of the National Civic League said it was the toughest competition he had seen in his 17 years with the organization, and from my vantage point I would agree that all of the fi nalists were outstanding,” the mayor says. “The fact that nine judges said that Chandler was one of the top 10 cities in 2010, is something to be proud of, it’s a big deal. I’m excited and I want the community to be excited, too.”

Nachie Marquez, Chandler’s director of communications and public affairs, is spearheading the communication and promotional efforts on behalf of the City. Her staff is working on short- and long- term promotional strategies to capitalize on the award. “We have an opportunity to build on this, to spur economic development, forge new partnerships and foster a renewed sense pride among our residents,” she says. “We highlighted three amazing community projects in Kansas City, but there were dozens more that we could have chosen, all of them outstanding in their own right. Our residents need to know that there are great things happening in Chandler every day. And they can share those positive stories with their families, friends and neighbors.”

In addition to the congratulatory messages on school and business marquees, residents can expect to see the award promoted in other ways in the coming months. Banners will be placed downtown and at select City facilities, signs will be placed along streets, City vehicles will receive decals, and posters will be placed in bus shelters. Shoppers at Chandler Fashion Center will also read about the award while visiting the mall’s food court.

Marquez notes that the Chandler All- America City 2010 logo can be downloaded from and used by schools, businesses, churches and other organizations in their printed publications, on their websites, painted on store windows and in various other ways. For more information on Chandler’s All- America City award and upcoming events, go to

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