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 2023 All-America City Award Recipients

2023 All-America City Award Recipients

These 10 communities showed the strength of their civic capital—the formal and informal relationships, networks and capacities they use to make decisions and solve problems—and provided examples of work to improve the health and well-being of young people and, by extension, all residents. A primary focus was placed on communities that are authentically involving and welcoming youth in their efforts.

Charlotte, NC
Dallas, TX
Davie County, NC
Decatur, GA
Fayetteville, NC
Gonzales, CA
Hampton, VA
Mesa, AZ
Mount Pleasant, SC
San Antonio, TX

Finalist communities assembled teams of residents, nonprofits, businesses, government leaders, and young people and presented the story of their work to a jury of nationally recognized civic leaders from June 9-11. After an afternoon of deliberation, the jury selected the 10 winners, which were announced during the closing ceremony.

Community presentations included skits, music, spoken word, dancing, and heartfelt stories to bring projects and communities to life. Efforts highlighted by the communities ranged from increasing youth voice in decision-making processes to meaningfully engaging residents, including youth, to address issues such as mental health, public safety, homelessness, and college and career readiness.

And congratulations to the remaining finalists who are among the top communities in the nation for civic engagement.

Franklin Township, NJ
Fulton, MO
Gardena, CA
Monrovia, CA
New York, NY
Port St. Lucie, FL
Redwood City, CA
Saginaw, TX
Wellington, FL

The Award

The All-America City Award event is 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.

“Democracy thrives when all residents are active and engaged in the policies and decisions that shape their lives. These finalists are breaking down barriers to meaningful youth participation and enacting programs that are creating equitable and thriving communities.”

– 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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