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Become an All-America City

New Logo- NCL AACThe National Civic League invites you to apply for America’s oldest and most prestigious community recognition award. The All-America City Award recognizes exemplary grassroots community problem solving and is awarded to communities of all sizes that collaboratively tackle challenges and achieve results. Apply as a neighborhood, village, town, city, county or region.

  • Economic Stimulus: Award finalists and winners receive national attention, giving a boost to recruitment of industry, jobs and investments. The All-America City status has helped winners attract new and retain businesses that mean jobs and a stronger tax base. Winners have also seen an increase in tourism and grants.
  • Increased Civic Engagement: The All-America City Award has transformed participants and their communities. From the application to the competition, this program promotes hope and energizes people with a can-do spirit. All-America Cities are national models, inspiring others who face similar critical challenges.
  • Unique Award: More than 500 cities, towns, counties, neighborhoods and regions have won this prestigious award since 1949. It is given to the entire community! The application process itself presents a unique opportunity for communities to evaluate themselves and foster stronger community partnerships.
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The All-America City Experience

Every year, participants tell us that AAC was a transformational experience, but it's hard to explain to people who've never been. So in 2015, we decided to film parts of AAC to share what it's like to attend the All-America City Awards.

Denver Mayor Hancock on the All-America City Award

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