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Mrs. Gore Presents Awards to Cities

December 7, 1999

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Tipper Gore helped the National Civic League present 10 communities with the 50th annual All-American City Award, congratulating local officials for creating ``well-connected and caring″ cities and towns.

The 10 winners chosen from among 30 finalists were: Stockton, Calif.; Union City, Calif.; Tallahassee, Fla.; Wichita, Kan.; Shreveport, La.; Lowell, Mass.; Tupelo, Miss.; Rocky Mount, N.C.; the Tri-City Area of Bristol, Va.-Tenn., Johnson City and Kingsport, Tenn.; and Greater Green Bay, Wis.

``The greatest tribute we can give you is to follow your example ... and build the kind of strong communities and caring communities that strengthen our democracy,″ Mrs. Gore, wife of Vice President Al Gore, said Monday in a ceremony at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House grounds.

Christopher T. Gates, head of the civic league, said the award went to communities that recognized the challenges they were facing and worked with nongovernmental and grass-roots groups to overcome them.

``These folks got things together by working together in partnerships,″ he said.

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