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Jonathan Riley
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PITTSBURG, Kan. – The city's Imagine Pittsburg 2030 Committee and Downtown Advisory Board have announced finalists for a city flag design. Community members can now vote on one of three designs until June 13th.

Sydney Anselmi, chair of the Downtown Advisory Board, said at the city commission's meeting on Tuesday that the city never had its own flag, according to the board's investigations. She cited examples such as Wichita, Joplin, and Chicago as examples of cities that would benefit from a city flag.

"You can say we have more important things to fear than a city flag," said Anselmi. "To that Ted Kaye, a vexillologist – who's a flag expert, pretty exciting – would say when you have a great flag you have a banner to rally under to face these more important things."

A great city flag creates more love for the place itself, said Anselmi, "So it's this positive feedback loop between the great symbolism of a city and civic pride."

The city called artists in January asking for designs for a Pittsburg flag. Entries did not have to use more than three colors, have a symbolic meaning and be of the correct dimensions. After the filings were completed in late March, the filings were evaluated by the Marketing Committee of the Downtown Advisory Board and narrowed down to the last six.

The final six designs were then judged by a panel of local artists, marketers and community leaders who determined the final three designs to be announced for public voting.

The designs include one with a gold star marking Pittsburg's location on a map of Kansas and thirteen rays depicting thirteen civilians who died trying to escape Confederate soldiers in 1864. The colors of the design include purple and gold to represent Pittsburg State University and its impact on the city and navy blue to represent the mining industry and its role in the city's flourishing.

Another design is a yellow flag that includes the alchemy symbol for zinc as well as diagonal lines representing railroad lines that founded the city and “may also have a secondary representation of the many strip pits in the Pittsburgh area due to mining. ”

The third design is a white flag with a purple and gold "P" that also includes banner symbols for pickaxes, wheat and the Balkans. "The pickaxe pays homage to our mining history," says an explanation of the design. "The wheat represents Kansas and our farming traditions." The Balkans banner represents the legacy of immigration from the Balkans region and the colors represent the PSU.

Members of the public can vote for their favorite designs at www.imaginepittsburg2030.com/city-flag-contest

The winning design is set to be unveiled on 620 Day, the June 20 suburban holiday that the city began celebrating last year.

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