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 2022 All-America City Finalists

2022 All-America City Finalists

The National Civic League and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading are excited to announce the finalists for the 2022 All-America City Award (AAC). These finalists are being recognized for improving the prospects for early school success and equitable learning recovery, including for children whose families are served by the nation’s public housing agencies and affordable housing organizations.

Alliance, OH
Atlanta, GA
Barberton, OH
Chicago, IL
Des Moines, IA
El Paso, TX
Kansas City, MO
Los Angeles, CA
Louisville, KY
New Haven, CT
Omaha, NE
Palacios, TX
Phoenix, AZ
Portland, ME
Roanoke, VA
Sacramento, CA
San Antonio, TX
Springfield, MA
Suncoast, FL
Tarpon Springs, FL

Finalist communities, representing 15 states, range in size from 4,500 residents to over 3.9 million.

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, typically 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 cities are demonstrating that they can draw on the strength of their communities by harnessing the commitment of local residents, nonprofits and businesses to make a difference in the lives of their young people.”

– 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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