Miguel Seco, Governmental Affairs Manager for the City of North Miami, served as delegation captain of the "Fantastic Four" from North Miami, Florida, at the 2010 All-America City Awards. He had this to say about his All-America City experience:
How I wish I could still be in Kansas City!
I miss Rancho Cordova, and Gastonia, and Scott County.
I have done a lot of peer review panels where you present your project, and you get a score, and you are ranked, and you get your dollars, and you go home.
This was absolutely nothing like that.
All-America City was truly the most rewarding thing I have ever done in my professional life. I honestly believe, I feel it in my heart, that I left a different person from the person that arrived…carrying a fire back to my community…to bring people together civilly, civically, humbly. And I know that the friendships forged with staff, and board members, and the people from our sibling cities will remain with us forever.
Thank you and thank you again for a most unforgettable experience.