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 City Finalists

2024 Finalists

This year’s 20 finalists were selected after a competitive review process based on the criteria of shared vision, civic engagement, inclusiveness and equity, collaboration, innovation, and impact. Each finalist submitted a robust application discussing the strengths of their civic capital and providing examples of three community-driven efforts that have adapted and transformed the community. A primary focus was placed on efforts to strengthen democracy through local action and innovation.

Boulder, Colorado
Danville, Virginia
Edinburg, Texas
Henderson, Kentucky
High Point, North Carolina
Jacksonville, North Carolina
La Marque, Texas
Lakewood, Colorado
Lexington, Kentucky
Monroe County, Indiana
Monrovia, California
New Orleans, Louisiana
Newport News, Virginia
Oakland, California
Punta Gorda, Florida
Roanoke, Virginia
Saginaw, Texas
Seattle, Washington
Watkinsville, Georgia
Wilton Manors, Florida

Finalist communities will assemble teams of residents, nonprofits, businesses, government leaders, young people, etc. to present their efforts around the year’s theme at the 75th annual All-America City Award Event in Denver, CO from June 7-9, 2024. During the event, these teams will connect and share insights with peers, learn from national thought-leaders, and present the story of their work to a jury of nationally recognized civic leaders.

Anyone is welcome to join us at the event to witness the power of local collaborative problem-solving. Come immerse yourself in a dynamic program featuring workshops, panel discussions, and peer learning sessions led by national thought leaders and practitioners. Learn more and register.

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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