Peoria in the running for prestigious award

By Brigitte Graf

Peoria in the running for prestigious award

April 24, 2013 Updated Apr 24, 2013 at 4:01 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The City of Peoria has been selected as a national finalist for the coveted All-America City Award.

Out of thousands of cities from around the country that sent in applications, twenty have been chosen as front-runners for the award.

From these, ten will be presented with top honors.

Peoria's application was drawn up by the Chamber of Commerce's Young Professionals Organization, something Mayor Jim Ardis feels reflects the positive future and growth of the city.

"As you travel around and talk to a lot of people, having the All-American City Award really is pretty prestigious, it's not just one of those awards that everyone who applies for it gets it," the Mayor said. "It's a tough process, it's a grueling process."

A conference will be held in Denver, Colorado, this June where the top 20 cities will argue their case during a ten minute presentation to a national jury.

This would be the fourth time for Peoria to receive this honor.

The city was among the ten winners in 1953, '66 and '89.