The All-America City Award recognizes communities that leverage civic engagement, collaboration, inclusiveness and innovation to successfully address local issues.

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The All-America City Experience

About the Event

The 2022 All-America City Awards Event and Competition will be held virtually in conjunction with GLR Week, July 18-22, 2022. Communities named as finalists will be encouraged to assemble teams of residents, nonprofits, businesses, government leaders, young people, etc. to present their  efforts around the year’s theme, “Housing as a Platform for Early School Success and Equitable Learning Recovery.”

During 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. The transformational experience equips, inspires and supports leaders and communities to achieve more than they ever believed possible.

  • The event includes workshops, panel discussions, virtual networking opportunities,  and community presentations to a jury of national experts.
  • Workshops include expert and practitioner panels, specific elected officials dialogue and a dedicated peer learning time to learn the details of finalists projects to take back to your community.
  • Communities have the opportunity to show the flavor of their city during the Civic Action Fair and the Cultural Entertainment Showcase. 

If you want new ideas or if you think you are at the end of the rope you should be sure to attend the All-America City awards. Mandy Pitts, Communications Director, City of Hickory, NC

About GLR Week 2021

GLR Week 2021 explored the many ways in which the GLR Network stepped up to meet the moment when confronted by COVID-19. The event featured online sessions on “bright spots, silver linings” and post-pandemic “keepers.” Learn more.

About AAC 2021

The 2021 All-America City Awards recognized communities that have worked to improve equity and resilience. Applicants were asked to discuss the strength of their civic capital—the formal and informal relationships, networks and capacities they use to make decisions and solve problems—and to provide examples of community-driven projects that have adapted and transformed the community to be more equitable and resilient.

The virtual event included community presentations from the 20 finalists, participant roundtables, inspiring speakers, interactive booths and entertaining talent showcases from across the country. You can relive the 2021 keynote speeches and workshops here. You can also access the event platform with the access code: LEAGUE Friend.

Past event programs: 2014, 2015, 20162018, 2019, 2020, 2021



Community presentations are an essential part of the All-America City experience. Finalist communities have 10 minutes to bring their application to life and present the story of their work and their community to a jury of national civic experts. The presentations are followed by 10 minutes of Q&A from the jury to learn more about specific projects and initiatives. Communities present the story of their work, but these are no Powerpoint presentations. We see everything from first-person testimonials to skits, from mock TV shows to heartfelt stories, from dancing to spoken-word poetry and rap.

Click here to view all previous presentations from previous finalists and winners.

Teams from other finalist communities fill the audience to watch one another present the story of their work. These presentations give other communities a chance to learn from their peers and cheer one another on.  Whatever form they take, these presentations are a powerful, inspiring and educational experience.

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Interested in applying?

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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