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 2024 All-America Cities

2024 All-America Cities

The National Civic League proudly announces the winners of the 2024 All-America City Award (AAC). This year, ten exemplary communities were recognized for their transformative, community-driven efforts to strengthen democracy through local action and innovation. Recipients also showcased the strength of their civic infrastructure—the network of relationships, partnerships, and capacities driving effective decision-making and problem-solving.

Danville, Virginia
Edinburg, Texas
High Point, North Carolina
La Marque, Texas
Lexington, Kentucky
Monrovia, California
Newport News, Virginia
Roanoke, Virginia
Seattle, Washington
Watkinsville, Georgia

From June 7-9, finalist communities convened in Denver, where diverse teams presented their stories and initiatives to a jury of nationally recognized civic leaders. After careful deliberation, the jury selected these ten winning communities, which were announced during the closing ceremony. These communities exemplify the power of civic participation and innovation, offering a blueprint for others wanting to do their part to fortify democracy.

We’d also like to recognize this year’s finalist communities.

Boulder, Colorado
Henderson, Kentucky
Jacksonville, North Carolina
Lakewood, Colorado
Monroe County, Indiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
Oakland, California
Punta Gorda, Florida
Saginaw, Texas
Wilton Manors, Florida

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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