The city of Phoenix is a finalist for the National League of Cities (NLC) 2010 Awards for Municipal Excellence. The awards recognize cities and towns for outstanding programs that improve the quality of life in America's communities. The city of Phoenix was chosen for College Depot.

College Depot is a college access center located in Burton Barr Central Library at 1221 N. Central Ave. Targeting students in Phoenix's low-income communities with low rates of educational attainment, the center opened on June 10, 2009. It has served more than 5,000 youth and their families, providing workshops and one-on-one assistance with college planning, financial aid, career exploration, college applications and more.

NLC received nominations from cities and towns in 40 states. Finalist programs exhibited exceptional public-private partnerships, productive citizen and community collaborations, management of municipal resources, implementation of government policies, project implementation with tangible results and/or ability to replicate the project in other cities.

The winners of the 2010 Awards for Municipal Excellence will be announced during NLC's Congress of Cities and Exposition in Denver, Nov. 30 to Dec. 4.

College Depot is a full-service college planning center that offers free one-on-one assistance, family consultation and workshops on all aspects of the college planning process, from financial aid to career exploration. The service is open to anyone seeking assistance with planning for college. Follow on Twitter at twitter.com/CollegeDepot.

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