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Dubuque, Platteville, Wis. finalists for All-America City Award

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Dubuque and Platteville, Wis., are two of 20 finalists for the prestigious All-America City Award for 2013. Dubuque and Platteville, Wis., are two of 20 finalists for the prestigious All-America City Award for 2013.
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Dubuque and Platteville, Wis., are two of 20 finalists for the prestigious All-America City Award for 2013.

Delegates from both cities are heading to Denver, Colo., this weekend for Sunday's naming of the 10 recipients.

The All-America City Awards go every year to municipalities that applied for it and demonstrate outstanding civic programs and engagement.

Dubuque won the All-America City Award in 2007 and 2012 and is hoping to make this two years running.

The city and the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce teamed up in this year's application.

"This is like the Academy Award for communities, for cities, for metropolitan areas," Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce president Molly Grover said. "To win this sort of award is a celebration that we all share. It doesn't just belong to the city. It doesn't just belong to the business community. It's a true public and private collaboration that everyone can be proud of."

She said the award is something the entire community can share.

"It's great in attracting tourists. It's great for our residents to be able to celebrate. It's kind of validation for us to say that, 'Yes, you're doing it right. You're doing a good job,'" Grover said. "It's a celebration that we share with the entire community. It's a great attraction tool for visitors and businesses alike."

This year's award criteria had a special focus on programs for veterans and military families.

The National Civic League distributes the All-America City Awards, which it calls the nation's oldest and most respected civic recognition program.

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