Delegation Departs For DC

    GRAND RAPIDS — This afternoon the community will give a proper sendoff to a delegation of 34 Grand Rapidians who will be traveling to Washington, D.C., to compete for the title of All-America City.

    At 2:30 p.m. by the Calder the community is invited to celebrate Grand Rapids’ finalist designation and to wish the delegates a fond farewell as they depart. Delegates will be in attendance with their suitcases in hand. They will then board one of the city’s DASH buses to travel to the airport.

    The All-America City Award is a program of the National Civic League and encourages and recognizes civic excellence, honoring communities in which community members, government, businesses and nonprofit organizations demonstrate successful resolution of critical community issues.

    Grand Rapids has been awarded the title of All-America City three times before, in 1949, 1960 and 1981 and this year will compete again as one of 30 finalist communities for the award.

    Finalists will participate in a final round of the All-America City competition held in Washington, June 12-14. A delegation will present to a 10-member jury, highlighting three community projects.

    The team representing Grand Rapids will discuss Plan Grand Rapids: City of Grand Rapids Master Plan; Neighborhood Initiatives: Dyer-Ives, Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Grand Valley State University and City of Grand Rapids; and Expanded Learning Opportunities, dealing with after-school programming.

    The 10 2003 All-America Cities will be named on June 14 during a special ceremony at the Hilton Washington & Towers. Awards will be presented at the White House in August.

    Sponsors of the delegation trip include Alticor, Grand Rapids Economic Development Corp., Frey Foundation, Wege Foundation, Steelcase Corporate Giving, The Right Place, Williams Distributing, Aquinas College Community Leadership Institute, GVSU Dorothy S. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, Dyer-Ives Foundation, Progressive A/E and Fifth Third Bank.           

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