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01/24/08

City of Longview, Nacogdoches County On Nation's 100 Best Communities For Young People List

Nacogdoches and Longview are being nationally recognized Thursday. America's Promise Alliance, the nations' largest alliance dedicated to children and youth, named Nacogdoches and Longview in its 100 Best Communities for Young People.

The 100 Best competition recognizes the 100 outstanding communities across America that are the best laces for young people to live and grow up. More than 300 communities in all 50 states applied for the honor this year.

Nacogdoches County was selected for various reasons. A county youth board, a leadership program, education efforts, health care and continuing education were all examined. The Alliance looks at all things that help a child stay in school and lead healthy, productive lives.

Former Mayor Bob Dunn introduced the application to the Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce in 2006.

"I thought it would be a done deal. I never realized the work and effort that had to go into the application." Dunn said.

Chamber volunteer, Candyce Wagnon stepped up to the plate. The mother of two small children spent over 160 hours researching all that Nacogdoches has to offer to kids.

"Above all, working on this proved to me that we really do live in a great community," Wagnon said.

Chamber President, Bruce Partain is already thinking of ways to market the recognition.

"I look at it as a challenge for Nacogdoches to maintain. We can apply for this recognition year after year. I think it will be a wonderful compliment to the Certified Retirement Community recognition we received earlier." Partain said.

Five other Texas communities made the list.

Posted by: Cody Lillich, News Producer. clillich@kltv.com. Donna McCollum of Sister Station KTRE-TV, Lufkin/Nacogdoches, assisted with this report.

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