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 the 2020 All-America City Finalists! These communities get the opportunity to be named an All-America City!

2020 All-America City Finalists

On  March 17, 2020, the National Civic League announced the finalists of the 2020 All-America City Award (AAC). Each of the finalist 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 finalists focused specifically on enhancing health and well-being through civic engagement.

Congratulations to the 2020 All-America City Award Finalists

in alphabetical order by city 

Algoma, WI

Aurora, CO

Belleville, IL

Danville, VA

Douglasville, GA

El Paso, TX

Franklin, TN

Harlingen, TX

Highland Park, IL

Hopkinsville, KY

Logansport, IN

Mason City, IA

Miami Gardens, FL

Miami Lakes, FL

Muncie, IN

Pitt County, NC

Portsmouth, OH

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Roanoke, VA

Rochester, NY

Sumter, SC

Topeka, KS

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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.

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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Interested in applying?

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.

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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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