The town of Goole in East Yorkshire has officially entered a bid to become a city as part of celebrations for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
Those behind the submission believe the inland dock and industrial land available are key strengths of the bid.
One town in England will be granted city status in 2012 to mark the jubilee. There is no official benefit to being named a city.
Other towns to have made a bid include Middlesbrough, Dudley and Gateshead.
Goole hotelier Howard Duckworth proposed making the application. He said: "The private investment would be phenomenal. It would create more jobs and more shops."
The bid is led by Goole Town Council and supported by East Riding Council.
In a report into the submission, East Riding Council said: "The competition for city status offers an exciting opportunity to promote and champion the town.
"Goole has a good case for success, but the reasons for entering the competition extend far beyond whether the bid is ultimately successful.
"It will enable the town to strengthen links within the region, promote civic pride and contribute towards community cohesion."