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Fayetteville named All-America City for a third time

Posted June 15, 2011
Updated June 17, 2011

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— Fayetteville's recent renaissance was recognized on a national scale Friday night when the city was named an All-America City.

“We’re thrilled to win this award,” Mayor Tony Chavonne said. “Everyone delivered and the 82nd Airborne All-American Chorus conveyed the heart and soul of our community. I am so proud of our delegation and excited that our city is an All-America City for the third time. So much hard work went into winning and it really paid off.”

The National Civic League handed out the annual award to 10 cities in a ceremony in Kansas City, Mo. Fayetteville was among 26 finalists, including Fort Worth, Texas, and Buffalo, N.Y., to South Bend, Ind., and Eden, N.C.

Fayetteville also won the honor in 1985 and 2001, and officials said winning again would reflect city's recent effort to change its image.

The city's presentation included a reference to the "Fayette-nam" nickname that used to rankle city leaders. Officials contrasted that with a "Fayette-now" slogan in their bid for the All-American City Award.

A video city officials produced compared the hurly-burly days of Hay Street downtown, when it was filled with strip clubs and seedy bars, with the redevelopment that has occurred there in recent years, attracting museums and condominiums.

Fayetteville hopes award will reward changed image Fayetteville hopes award will reward changed image

"The growth of our economy has been phenomenal. Our average pay and benefits shot up 60 percent in the last 10 years," said Doug Peters, president of the Fayetteville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce.

The Daily Beast recently named Fayetteville the No. 1 city in the country for college graduates because of its low unemployment rate and low cost of living.

Local officials said being named an All-American city would help lure employers, secure development grants and market the city nationally.


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  • kjackson47 Jun 20, 2011

    What a joke!!!!

  • fayncmike Jun 15, 2011

    Yes I agree that Fayetteville has a sparkling new image. Sadly that's all it is, an image. Basically nothing has changed for the better in all the years I've lived here. What changes there have been are a thin veneer of tinsel over the same rotten core. Though I do live here I don't recommend it to others and it surly isn't an All American city. But than again, the designation is totally meaningless.

  • corgimom06 Jun 15, 2011

    notmyprob-I lived in Fayetteville for 15 years. I did give it a try and have gone to all the events you described and while Fay has some good points, its just not a good place to live, IMHO. And for the record, I didn't like and did leave.

  • elmer Jun 15, 2011

    hope they did not forget to tell them of our space ships all over town the other mayor put up

  • NotMyProb Jun 15, 2011

    All of you who are throwing punches, you have no idea what Fayetteville truly has to offer. Have you been to the Dogwood Festival? Fourth Friday? International Folk Festival? One of the 8 museums? Have you been to the Botanical Garden? The River Trail? ZipQuest? RedPoint Indoor Climbing? The theaters? The local restaurants? The parks? Have you been on base to see everything THEY even have to offer to the PUBLIC? If you don't get out and experience it, you're going to hate it. Quit dogging the city. What's wrong with trying to bring in positive publicity to an area that has had such a negative image in folks' minds? Fayetteville is just like any other city, you have the good parts and then bad. Get off your tails and join in on the awesome experiences. If you don't like Fayetteville, leave! We don't want you or your negative energy here anyway.

  • Shamrock Jun 15, 2011

    Hope you get the award Fayetteville.

  • Unknown Caller Jun 15, 2011

    At least there are some folks in the community that are trying to make a change for the better. There, as with any town, are areas that can use improvement. Rather than point out the problems, find a way to be part of the solution for them.

    rossfranco, As far as the pawn shops, strip clubs and tattoo parlors are concerned, Fayetteville is a military town. These sort of places cater you young military personnel who need a distraction, want to express themselves with a little artwork, or need a couple of bucks to pay for it all. I spent five years in Norfolk, Virginia, which is a much larger military town. I know from personal experience that you will see the same establishments just outside the gates there. You can see the same thing if you head over to Jacksonville. It is part of the culture and I doubt that you will ever see them go away.

  • corgimom06 Jun 15, 2011

    I grew up in Fayetteville, lived there as an adult for a few years and I honestly couldn't wait to leave. There are alot of other cities that offer more and don't have the crime.

  • affirmativediversity Jun 15, 2011

    I guess they won't be showing that rapper video (what's his name...local guy makes into semi big time)? You know the one that was filmed on a downtown Fayetteville street and has the Fayetteville State University Cheerleaders doing the bump and grind like your average pole dancer WHILE local male children, dressed as punks, pump their fists to the beat!

    Yeah, Fayetteville's changed...LOL!

  • westernwake1 Jun 15, 2011

    "Mayor Tony Chavonne says the city's presentation will show how the seedy strip clubs and rundown buildings are long gone from downtown, replaced by parks, museums and condominiums."

    No more strip clubs and cheap brothels - Why would anyone consider visiting Fayetteville anymore. :)