Tuesday’s results did not erase today’s challenges, and the work continues in each of our communities. We will continue to process and respond to what this election means for local communities and the challenges we face.

For today, ask yourself what is your biggest hope for the country and for your local community? What are several things you can continue to do and start doing to help turn that hope into reality? In the words on Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”

Throughout the 122 year history of the National Civic League and the 67 year history of our flagship program, the All-America City Award, we have seen the power of communities and their civic leaders in addressing important challenges. As each of us processes the outcome of the presidential race and the numerous state and local races and initiatives, we urge people to continue to go beyond being problem identifiers to being problem solvers, so that all people will have access to safety, education, meaningful employment and a high quality of life.