(Fayetteville, N.C.) – After a spirited, patriotic presentation Thursday that featured marching, singing soldiers from the 82nd Airborne All-American Chorus, the City of Fayetteville was selected Friday night in Kansas City as an All-America City Award winner for the third time in its history. A delegation of approximately 60 people, including local officials and children, described to a panel how Fayetteville has shed its former “Fayettenam” image and became a cleaner, thriving community with a strong economy.
“We’re thrilled to win this award,” Mayor Tony Chavonne said. “Everyone delivered and the 82nd Airborne All-American Chorus conveyed the heart and soul of our community. I am so proud of our delegation and excited that our city is an All-America City for the third time. So much hard work went into winning and it really paid off.”
Fayetteville’s presentation focused on its strong economy, great housing market, how the community addressed literacy through the Cumberland County Schools’ Reading Rocks! program and the community’s solid ties with the military. Also discussed was how Fayetteville responded to changes from BRAC.
Delegation members held up dollar signs as speakers gave several examples of large investments in the community. Each speaker would finish their examples, along with other delegation members, by saying, “cha-ching!”
The 82nd Airborne All-American Chorus began the presentation by marching and singing “All the Way Fayetteville,” to which panel members and competing delegations gave a standing ovation. Following questions from the panel, the chorus marched and sang again.
Fayetteville received the award at a ceremony Friday night. The City also won the All-America City award in 1985 and 2001.
To watch Fayetteville’s presentation from Thursday, log onto http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/15424538.