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National Civic League Announces 2016 All-America City Award Winners

Denver, CO--The National Civic League has announced the ten winners of the 2016 All-America City Awards (AAC), an honor given each year to towns, cities, counties, tribes, neighborhoods and metropolitan regions for outstanding civic accomplishments. The criteria for winning an All-America City Award include impact, inclusiveness, public engagement and the use of collaborative problem-solving strategies [...]

By | June 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

William N. Cassella Jr. Dies

We were saddened by the loss of William N. Cassella, Jr., who passed away September 6, 2015. He ably held the post of executive director of the league from 1969 to 1985, a critical period of transition during which time the organization changed its name from the National Municipal League to the National Civic League [...]

By | September 8th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

2015 All-America Cities Announced!

The National Civic League is proud to announce the winners of the 2015 All-America City Awards. The annual award celebrates and recognizes neighborhoods, villages, towns, cities, counties, tribes and metro regions that engage residents in innovative, inclusive and effective efforts to tackle critical challenges. Listed in alphabetical order by state, the ten 2015 All-America Cities are: [...]

AAC Communities Present Their Stories of Positive Change

Jury presentations began yesterday for the All-America City Awards. As always. Twelve communities from all over the country told their stories of positive change to a jury of 13 civic experts, including leaders from city government, nonprofit groups, philanthropy and business. The focus what on communitywide efforts to engage and support vulnerable young men and [...]

By | June 14th, 2015|All-America City Awards, Civic Life, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Eight States named “Pacesetters” by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 13, 2015 – Eight states across the nation have been named 2014 Pacesetters by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, cited for their efforts to begin to turn around a crisis in early reading achievement among low-income children and in so doing, to put those children on a path to school success. Reading [...]

By | May 1st, 2015|Youth/Education|0 Comments

Spring Issue of National Civic Review

The spring 2015 issue of the National Civic Review is out and its focus is on community engagement and education. The lead article is on Marshalltown, Iowa (AAC 2012) and the community’s efforts to address the education needs of kids in a changing demographic and economic environment. The idea came to us when we looked [...]

By | April 24th, 2015|Youth/Education|0 Comments

Coming in the National Civic Review

In most American cities, factors like family income, race and geography seem inextricably linked to academic performance. But in Denver, as elsewhere, there are outliers – powerful examples of what children from all backgrounds are capable of achieving. These examples do not negate the harsh and inequitable reality facing parents and school districts – but [...]

By | February 25th, 2015|Civic Life, Uncategorized, Youth/Education|0 Comments

All-America City Awards and My Brother’s Keeper

On Friday January 23, the National Civic League announced a new effort encouraging cities and tribal nations across the country to help vulnerable boys and young men to succeed in school and life in response to President Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" (MBK) initiative. NCL will be spotlighting the importance of communities supporting and engaging vulnerable [...]

By | February 4th, 2015|All-America City Awards|0 Comments