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For the first time in more than four decades, the city of Birmingham was named an "All-America City" by the National Civic League. (abc3340.com) For the first time in more than four decades, the city of Birmingham was named an "All-America City" by the National Civic League. (abc3340.com)

BIRMINGHAM - AL -

For the first time in more than four decades, the city of Birmingham was named an "All-America City" by the National Civic League.

Below is information from when the Magic City was first named a finalist:

"This is an honor that Birmingham deserves to win, particularly in this 50th year commemorating the civil rights struggle in our city," said Birmingham Mayor William A. Bell Sr. "Our community has worked hard together to solve some of our toughest problems and this would be a great way for Birmingham to celebrate its successes."

Mayor Bell will make a formal announcement this morning at 9 in his office. The last Birmingham time won the All-America City distinction was in 1970.

April Odom with Bell's office says the award is described as the "Nobel Prize" for civic accomplishment. It recognizes community-based problem solving and civic engagement efforts through public, private and nonprofit sectors.

"Not only would this distinction help Birmingham recruit new businesses and increase jobs, it would better our chances of gaining dollars for future community projects," said Fred McCallum, President of AT&T."This is just another way our community can be a stellar example of collaboration between the public, private and nonprofit sectors."

This year's competition will be held in June in Denver
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