Congratulations to Wichita for landing its fourth All-America City award on Friday from the National Civic League. Going into last week's finals of the annual contest, which had 143 entries, it was hard to imagine that the 31 other finalist cities had success stories as impressive as the three in Wichita's 2009 bid: the Opportunity Drive campus on East 21st Street, Visioneering Wichita and Mennonite Housing Rehabilitation Services. The honor entitles the city to more than bragging rights. Especially amid the sharp decline in employment at the city's aviation manufacturers, the All-America City title signals to business site-selection teams and others that Wichita isn't standing still but actively working to improve itself and the lives of its citizens and youths.
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