Denver, CO--The National Civic League has announced the ten winners of the 2016 All-America City Awards (AAC), an honor given each year to towns, cities, counties, tribes, neighborhoods and metropolitan regions for outstanding civic accomplishments.
The criteria for winning an All-America City Award include impact, inclusiveness, public engagement and the use of collaborative problem-solving strategies linking the private, public and nonprofit sectors.
2016 All-America City Winners
Listed alphabetically by state, the 2016 All-America Cities are:
New Britain, Connecticut
Fall River, Massachusetts
Columbia Heights, Minnesota
Asheboro, North Carolina
Hartsville, South Carolina
San Antonio, Texas
Brown Deer, Wisconsin
This year, the All-America Awards program highlighted community efforts to "ensure that all our children are healthy and successful in school and life." The AAC finalist communities addressed topics such as: school attendance, racial equity, health and well-being (of children, parents and community), neighborhood safety, poverty, nutrition, affordable housing, and healthy natural environments.
Working with groups such as the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, NCL is casting a spotlight on local examples of innovative and effective community problem-solving, recognizing the broad array of influences on the success of children and the need for all sectors to address those influences.
"These All-America cities are doing amazing work to engage their communities in helping to assure the well-being of young people," said Doug Linkhart, President of the National Civic League. "We're constantly impressed by their innovation and dedication in bringing together groups and individuals together to address critical issues such as the health and educational success. While there are certainly many other successful community engagement efforts to improve opportunities for young people, All-America City winners clearly rise to the top."
To win, each community had to complete an application demonstrating their efforts and make a presentation to a jury of civic experts focusing on three outstanding examples of collaborative community problem solving. More than 550 communities have won the All-America City Award since the program was launched in 1949.
Sponsors of the 2016 All-America City Awards include:
Southwest Airlines -- the Official Airline of the All-America City Award
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
City of Gladstone, MO
City of Aurora, CO
City of Fort Lauderdale, FL
Delta Dental of Colorado
City of Rancho Cordova, CA
City and County of Denver, CO
City of Dublin, CA
Mile High United Way
Maricopa Community Colleges