The All-America City Award recognizes communities that leverage civic engagement, collaboration, inclusiveness and innovation to successfully address local issues.

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Announcing This Years' Finalists! These 20 communities get the chance to be named an All-America City.

2018 Finalists

These finalists represent the diversity of American communities from the largest cities to the smallest towns, from east to west and north to south.

  • Springdale, AR
  • Placentia, CA
  • Stockton, CA
  • Longmont, CO
  • Miami Beach, FL
  • Decatur, GA
  • Ann Arbor, MI
  • Battle Creek, MI
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Beaverton, OR
  • Allentown, PA
  • Columbia, SC
  • Kershaw County, SC
  • Mount Pleasant, SC
  • El Paso, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Pasco, WA
  • Tacoma, WA

Finalist communities include the 7th largest city in America (San Antonio) and a town of only 22,000 people (Decatur, GA). The 20 finalists share a common bond of working to create equitable communities through inclusive civic engagement.

The Award

The All-America City awards are an awards ceremony and networking event unlike any other! Through concrete examples, interactive discussions, and finalist presentations – you will walk away with the knowledge, skills, contacts, and inspiration you need to better strengthen your community.

Bring your voices to the table – Register for the All-America City Awards Today!

The award, given to 10 communities each year, celebrates and recognizes neighborhoods, villages, towns, cities, counties, tribes and regions that engage residents in innovative, inclusive and effective efforts to tackle critical challenges.

These finalist communities are building local capacity to solve problems and improve their quality of life. The National Civic League is honored to recognize these communities, and views their efforts as critical in addressing the challenge to communities issued by the 1968 Kerner Commission, ‘to make good the promises of American democracy to all citizens – urban and rural, white, black, Spanish surname, American Indians, and every minority group.'” – The National Civic League’s President, Doug Linkhart

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Bring your voices to the table - Register for the All-America City Awards Today!

The All-America City awards are an awards ceremony and networking event unlike any other! Through concrete examples, interactive discussions, and finalist presentations - you will walk away with the knowledge, skills, contacts, and inspiration you need to better strengthen your community.

Register Today!

New this year! 109th National Conference on Local Governance will occur in conjunction with the beginning of the All-America City Awards.

The National Civic League is hosting the 109th National Conference on Local Governance in Denver on June 22, 2018. The Conference will focus on inclusive civic engagement, innovation and collaboration as essential elements for making progress on complex issues like health equity, education and relations between community and police.

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Promising Practices Webinars

This free monthly webinar series highlights successful projects around the country with speakers from cities implementing creative strategies for civic engagement. By equipping individuals, institutions and local governmental bodies through this series with ideas, models and insights that can be adopted/adapted to individual communities National Civic League hopes to accelerate the pace of change in communities across the country. These webinars are free and open to anyone who is interested in creating stronger communities.

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