Mount Pleasant has joined other South Carolina towns as an "All-America City."

The National Civic League on Friday announced winners of its 61st annual All-America City awards. Mount Pleasant was one of 10 cities honored for 2010, taking its place among other honorees including Acworth, Ga.; Gastonia, N.C.; and North Miami, Fla.

Town officials in April announced plans to send a delegation to Kansas City to compete for the honor, which they said could be used as a marketing tool.

"It's a big deal," Deputy Town Administrator Eric DeMoura said then. "It's one of the most prestigious awards."

The award recognizes places, cities and towns for outstanding civic accomplishments. To win, National Civic League officials said, "communities have to demonstrate an ability to address serious challenges with innovative, grassroot strategies that promote civic engagement and cooperation between the public, private and nonprofit sector."

"These All-America Cities represent what is working in American communities," said Gloria Rubio Cortes, president of the National Civic League. "They are taking on challenging issues and finding innovative ways of creating a better future."

Charleston won the award in 1977-78. Other past South Carolina winners include Columbia, Florence, Rock Hill, Hartsville, Aiken, as well as Anderson, Orangeburg, Georgetown and Richland counties.