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<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />Office of the Mayor <br /> <br />NEWS RELEASE <br />March 31, 2009 <br />4:00 p.m. <br /> <br />South Bend named 2009 All-America City finalist <br /> <br />Contact: <br />Mikki Dobski, Director of Communications & Special Projects, 235-5855 or 876-1564 <br /> <br />or National Civic League, Denver, Mike McGrath, (303) 571-4343 <br /> <br />South Bend is one of 32 finalists, including three Indiana cities, in the National Civic <br />th <br />League’s 60 annual All-America City competition for outstanding civic <br />accomplishment, considered “a civic ‘Oscar’ for communities of all sizes.” <br /> <br />The 10 winning cities will be announced at the All-America City Awards Competition <br />June 17-19 in Tampa, Fla. <br /> <br />South Bend was selected as an All-America City in 1967. This year’s entry by the City of <br />South Bend was the first in at least 12 years. <br /> <br />“This is a very exciting time to be living in South Bend, not simply because of this <br />national recognition but because of the great partnerships in this community – public and <br />private, commercial and residential, university and nonprofit – that demonstrate the <br />collaboration, civic engagement and innovation of the All-America City award,” said <br />Mayor Stephen J. Luecke. “As our nation struggles to restart the economy, we believe <br />South Bend can be a place that ignites the new economy through creativity and discovery <br />in our community, including such efforts as MIND, Innovation Park and Ignition Park.” <br /> <br />(MIND, the Midwest Institute for Nanoelectronics Discovery, was established one year <br />ago at the University of Notre Dame by a consortium of the world’s leading computer <br />chip makers as a national center for research into the next generation of technology. <br />Innovation Park at Notre Dame and Ignition Park in the heart of the city represent <br />Indiana’s first dual-site state-certified technology park.) <br /> <br />An All-America City has a proven capacity for community-based problem solving, <br />grassroots civic engagement and cooperation between sectors (public, private and <br />nonprofit). To become a finalist, each participant completed an application documenting <br /> <br />