TARPON SPRINGS — To help its chances of becoming named an All-American City, Tarpon Springs plans provide a boost to its credentials by sending a delegation of representatives to an awards ceremony in Denver this summer.
But in order to do that, the city needs a little extra local assistance.
Earlier this year Tarpon Springs became one of 25 cities across the country selected by the National Civic League as a finalist for the 2014 All-America City Award. The 120-year-old nonprofit organization advocates for governmental transparency and openness. Of the 25 annual finalists, 10 communities are recognized for their “outstanding civic accomplishments,” according to the NCL website.
The city, Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Tarpon Springs collaborated to get on the short list of finalists and now plan to send 20-25 delegates to the NCL award ceremony in Denver in mid-June. The contingent of local representatives will give a follow-up presentation highlighting Tarpon Springs’ attributes and answer questions from a jury of NCL board members.
“Since we will all benefit from this distinguished award, living and working in a nationally recognized All-America City, we are asking Tarpon business leaders to help support our delegation by donating money to help defray the cost of these expenses,” Archie said.
Residents or business owners interested in helping are to make checks payable to the Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce – All-America City Program and send them to Sue Thomas, Chamber President, 111 E. Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs, FL 34689.