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.”
Curtis Johnson, President, Citistates Group
"The All-America City Award continues to be the most prestigious civic award in the country.”
Mandy Pitts, Communications Director, City of Hickory, NC
“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."
Mike Dougherty, Director of Economic Development, Eden, NC
"I would recommend the experience to anyone involved in civic leadership"
2015 AAC participant, (from AAC evaluation)
"The opportunity to meet and learn from other communities is priceless"
2015 AAC participant, (from 2015 AAC evaluation)
"[AAC] unites people of various backgrounds from within the community."
2015 AAC participant, (from 2015 AAC evaluation)
"It was unlike any conference I'd experienced"
2015 AAC participant, (from 2015 AAC evaluation)
"Words can't express how grateful I am to be a part of this magnificent experience."
2015 AAC participant, (from 2015 AAC evaluation)
"The atmosphere is unlike anything I have ever experienced. It is the best of America!"
2015 AAC participant, (from 2015 AAC evaluation)
"One of the most impressive events that I have ever attended.  It definitely showed that cities could have fun and do great work."
2015 AAC participant, (from 2015 AAC evaluation)
"The best thing I have participated in during my 25 year career."
2015 AAC participant, (from 2015 AAC evaluation)
"An outstanding opportunity to exchange ideas with other exceptional cities."
2015 AAC participant, (from 2015 AAC evaluation)
"It is a life changing experience that words cannot describe."
2015 AAC participant, (from 2015 AAC evaluation)
"If you want new ideas or if you think you are at the end of the rope you should be sure to attend [AAC]"
2015 AAC participant, (from 2015 AAC evaluation)
"[AAC] helps you rediscover the value, opportunity, privilege, and responsibility that comes with being an American citizen"
2015 AAC participant, (from 2015 AAC evaluation)
"It's not just about the award but about communities coming together"
2015 AAC participant, (from 2015 AAC evaluation)
"An incredible gathering of incredible people interested in the same thing - making a difference"
2015 AAC participant, (from 2015 AAC evaluation)
"[AAC] made me so hopeful about America's future - a total antidote to the negativity that can sometimes corrode our civic life."
2015 AAC participant, (from 2015 AAC evaluation)
"I really enjoyed learning from people because it gave me ideas and resources we can take back to our city and use."
2015 AAC participant, (from 2015 AAC evaluation)
"Although it was a competition it didn't feel like competition because every city was supporting each other"
2015 AAC participant, (from 2015 AAC evaluation)
"I've developed a much greater sense of civic pride and optimism"
2015 AAC participant, (from 2015 AAC evaluation)
"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. "
2015 AAC participant, (from 2015 AAC evaluation)