Kinston is in the running to become an All-America City once again. The city is one of 32 finalists in the annual award presented by the National Civic League.
Ten All-America Cities will be named in June in Tampa, Florida.
Kinston was last named an All-America City in 1988 and was a finalist in 1997.
This year's finalists have created jobs, revitalized their downtowns, and reduced crime, among other accomplishments.
Listed alphabetically by state are the 2009 finalists: Phoenix, Ariz.; Fort Smith, Ark.; Inglewood, Calif.; Rancho Cordova, Calif.; Windsor, Colo.; Tampa, Fla.; Bensenville, Ill.; Carbondale, Ill.; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Richmond, Ind.; South Bend, Ind.; Des Moines, Iowa; Windsor Heights, Iowa; Wichita, Kan.; Pocomoke City, Md.; Rockville, Md.; Salisbury, Md.; Somerville, Mass.; Belton, Mo.; Albany, N.Y.; Benson, N.C.; Kinston, N.C.; Clinton, N.C.; Statesville, N.C.; Toledo, Ohio; Wooster, Ohio; Toledo, Ore.; Erie, Penn.; Providence, R.I.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Rowlett, Texas; and Caroline County, Va.