National Civic League names Seward an All-American city

Posted: Monday, July 18, 2005

ANCHORAGE - Seward has been named an All-American City for the third time.

The prize is given by the National Civic League to honor communities where the public, business, government and nonprofit organizations band together "to address critical local issues."

Seward is a city of more than 2,500 residents on Resurrection Bay 125 miles south of Anchorage.

To be named an All-American City, a city must have three major projects from a single year to describe for an Atlanta jury, said Bev Dunham, a retired Seward newspaper editor who helped pitch the city's virtues.

"It's hard to get three projects that have all matured in that length of time," said Dunham. "These projects all took tremendous volunteer effort. It's important that these applications be citizen-driven rather than city-driven."

Seward touted its yearlong series of activities in 2004 to mark the 100th anniversary of the town's founding as a railroad terminus.

The city also cited the opening of a new Native cultural center, the Qutekcak Cultural and Community Center, organized by the area's Alaska Native community.

The third project was the public effort to restore programs cut from schools as funding declined for the school district. Art, music, drama and vocational education programs had been cut.

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