I am very proud to report that the City of Hickory has won the honor of being an All American City for the third time in a row this year. This is in large part due to the hard work of my former Hickory Youth Council Advisor and current Hickory Public Information Officer Mandy Pitts, but also to the outstanding qualities of the City of Hickory itself including the recent and highly successful programs of Exodus Homes, the Hickory Metro Higher Education Center and Project Potential (which you can read about at the very bottom of this news release by the NCL). Winning this honor required a lot of effort on the part of many people, and they have made Hickory very proud. If you would like to see the presentation that was given at Hickory City Hall in preparation for the real All American City competition in California, I would encourage you to do so. It's very exciting to me to see a city that takes so much pride in its citizens and I'm glad to take pride in my city as well. Congratulations everyone!