Quotes about the AAC Experience
"Anyone who’s witnessed the annual All-America Cities competition has seen the evidence of what communities can do to come together, solve their problems, and set strategy for their future.”
"The All-America City Award continues to be the most prestigious civic award in the country.”
“I could not begin to imagine how exciting and rewarding the All-America City Award process was until our city participated...A life-changing event."
"I would recommend the experience to anyone involved in civic leadership"
"The opportunity to meet and learn from other communities is priceless"
"[AAC] unites people of various backgrounds from within the community."
"It was unlike any conference I'd experienced"
"Words can't express how grateful I am to be a part of this magnificent experience."
"The atmosphere is unlike anything I have ever experienced. It is the best of America!"
"One of the most impressive events that I have ever attended. It definitely showed that cities could have fun and do great work."
"The best thing I have participated in during my 25 year career."
"An outstanding opportunity to exchange ideas with other exceptional cities."
"It is a life changing experience that words cannot describe."
"If you want new ideas or if you think you are at the end of the rope you should be sure to attend [AAC]"
"[AAC] helps you rediscover the value, opportunity, privilege, and responsibility that comes with being an American citizen"
"It's not just about the award but about communities coming together"
"An incredible gathering of incredible people interested in the same thing - making a difference"
"[AAC] made me so hopeful about America's future - a total antidote to the negativity that can sometimes corrode our civic life."
"I really enjoyed learning from people because it gave me ideas and resources we can take back to our city and use."
"Although it was a competition it didn't feel like competition because every city was supporting each other"
"I've developed a much greater sense of civic pride and optimism"
"It [was]a great way for me to connect with people in my own city who I may not have gotten the chance to meet and work with. By participating together we are finding ways we can collaborate. "