On June 23, 2019, the National Civic League announced the winners of the 2019 All-America City Award (AAC). Each of the winning communities demonstrated civic engagement practices that are inspirational, inclusive and promising in their ability to unite members of the community to collectively and collaboratively help solve our country’s most pressing and complex issues. This year’s winners focused specifically on creating healthy communities through inclusive civic engagement.
in alphabetical order by city
Battle Creek, Michigan
Battle Creek is addressing its community needs by developing programs such as: Operation Fit to combat childhood obesity; CIT program to train officers on mental health; and the School Behavioral Health Collaborative, which supports the social and emotional well-being of children.
Cornelius has responded to changing demographics by bringing residents together to: enhance economic development through a comprehensive downtown redevelopment plan; construct a new library and learning center; and reform its police department.
Dubuque strives to be a resilient, equitable community of choice. It does so through several health initiatives designed to give health care to all; the Bee Branch Watershed Flood Mitigation Project; and Dubuque Eats Well—a series of healthy food initiatives.
“The Gothenburg Way” places the needs of the community first and has resulted in: a new YMCA recreational facility; food access initiatives for low-income residents, children and seniors; and the Gothenburg Early Childhood Learning Coalition.
Lancaster uses civic engagement and robust communications to address community health concerns through: the development of new and improvement of existing parks; a community health challenge with runs, walks and health fairs; and a robust workplace wellness program.
Mission brings its diverse populace together by offering: a free tennis program to low-income residents and the visually impaired; economic empowerment projects that offer training, grants and internships; and a food and service center for people living in poverty.
Rancho Cordova, California
Rancho Cordova helps residents Eat.Stay.Love. through: Soil Born Farms—turns urban residents into farmers and teaches good nutrition; a mentorship and community service program for at-risk youth; and Mather Veterans Village—a housing community for homeless veterans.
Rock Hill, South Carolina
Rock Hill gets the entire community involved: Impact York County—a coalition that collaborates to maximize the effectiveness of county-wide health interventions; Miracle Park—a park designed for people with special needs; and Knowledge Park—a downtown revitalization action plan.
West Hollywood, California
West Hollywood embraces the marginalized. The Russian speaking population is engaged through an advisory board & cultural events; One City One Pride Festival offers cultural & social activities celebrating the LGBTQ community; & the homeless population is provided housing, health care & economic empowerment services.
Wichita is dedicated to improving residents’ lives. The police department made reforms in response to criticism; The Food Policy Committee increases access to healthy foods and encourages healthy eating; and League 42 introduces inner-city youth to baseball and mentorships.
Additional congratulations to this year’s 2019 All-America City finalists who represented their communities with pride.View 2019 All-America City Finalists
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.
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
Communities have found civic strength and growth as a result of winning the award and gain a better understanding of civic excellence through the year-long application process. In applying communities reflect on their strengths, weaknesses, challenges and the progress they have made.Learn How To Apply