The All-America City Award shines a spotlight on the incredible work taking place in communities across the country. By celebrating the best in local innovation, civic engagement and cross-sector collaboration, the All-America City Awards remind us of the potential within every community to tackle tough issues and create real change.
Anyone who’s witnessed the annual All-America City competition has seen the evidence of what communities can do to come together, solve their problems and set a strategy for their future. Curtis Johnson, Executive Editor of Citiscope
Created in 1949, the All-America City Award – once called the “Nobel Prize for constructive citizenship” – has been awarded to more than 500 communities across the country.
The 2020 All-America City Award will focus on enhancing health and well-being through civic engagement.
The Award is open to all American communities, from major cities, counties and regions to tribes, neighborhoods, towns and villages.
In applying, communities reflect on their strengths, weaknesses, challenges and the progress they have made.
Each year hundreds of leaders, volunteers, and young people from the finalist communities travel to Denver to present the story of their work and their community to a jury of national experts.
The awards conference includes workshops on promising practices.
The All-America City Awards brings together communities from across the country and provides an opportunity for innovative leaders and passionate residents to connect with and learn from their peers. The Award shines a light on communities that are working to tackle tough issues and lifts these places up for national recognition.
Winning ‘helped us land a BIG project in the midst of major economic recession. IBM located their first data center in 10-15 years in downtown Dubuque and created 1,300 new jobs with an annual payroll of $58 million! This is a testament to what the All-America City Award stands for in terms of a community’s can-do spirit’ Cynthia Steinhauser, former Assistant City Manager Dubuque, IA.
Benefits of winning include:
Teams of residents, including young people, nonprofit, business and government leader from communities across the country meet for three days. Throughout the event, these teams 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. This transformational experience equips, inspires and supports leaders and communities to achieve more than they ever believed possible.How to Apply