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 Award Recipients

2020 All-America City Award Recipients

On  August 19th, 2020 the National Civic League announced the winners of the 2020 All-America City Award (AAC). Each community 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 enhancing health and well-being through civic engagement.

2020 AAC Winners

Algoma, WI

Danville, VA

El Paso, TX

Franklin, TN

Miami Gardens, FL

Muncie, IN

Pitt County, NC

Portsmouth, OH

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Rochester, NY

And congratulations to this year’s finalists:

Douglasville, GA

Harlingen, TX

Hopkinsville, KY

Logansport, IN

Mason City, IA

Miami Lakes, FL

Roanoke, VA

Sumter, SC

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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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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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Webinars, Interviews and Speeches

This page includes webinars, interviews and speeches covering promising practices around the country. The free monthly Promising Practices Webinar series highlights successful projects around the country with speakers from cities implementing creative strategies for civic engagement. These webinars are free and open to anyone who is interested in creating stronger communities. The National Civic League's interview series includes conversations with elected officials, civic engagement experts, figures important to our history and others. Recorded speeches allow you to re-live the keynote addresses of past All-America City awards events and conferences.

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