70th Class of All-America City Finalists Steps Up!

In 1949 pollster George Gallup said that, since the nation had an All-America football team (All Stars), we should have All-America Cities. We introduce the 20 finalists for this year's awards below, including one, San Antonio, that was part of that first class seventy years ago. Come join us in Denver on June 21 for a conference that celebrates our seventy years and the contest for the title of All-America City for 2019.

Is your community an All-America City? See a list of past winners

President, National Civic League

Congratulations to the 20 Finalists of the 
All-America City Awards! 
The National Civic League is proud to announce the finalists for the 2019 All-America City Award (AAC). These finalists represent the diversity of American communities from the largest cities to the smallest towns, from east to west and north to south. The 2019 Finalists are leaders in change & collaboration by building healthy communities through civic engagement.
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Renowned Journalist Calls for National
Electoral Reform
Neal Peirce met with the National Civic League at its March board meeting in Washington D.C. and advocated the need for national electoral reform. Peirce is a former board member of the League, author of several books, former political editor of Congressional Quarterly and founder of the National Journal. We are sharing his remarks verbatim here.
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Helping U.S. Cities Navigate the Path to Meet their Renewable Energy Goals
Encouraging and providing support to U.S. cities so that they can achieve their renewable energy goals continues to be one of the most important ways to impact climate change. The  American Cities Climate Challenge Renewables Accelerator project aims to do just that with a highly collaborative effort from key organizations led by the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge. 
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City of Roanoke, VA Transforms Vacant Homes Into Affordable Housing
Like many cities, Roanoke has a decent share of properties with broken or boarded up windows, damaged walls, or crumbling foundation. The city recently established a land bank--a large body of land held by a public or private organization for future development--to transform vacant, derelict, or blighted housing into affordable housing for the city's residents. 

Anniversary Feature: 
125 Examples of 
Civic Capital 
In honor of the League's 125th Anniversary, we will be using our newsletter to highlight 125 community initiatives that use civic capital to solve problems and build equitable, thriving communities. These cities have been recognized for engaging community members in collaborative efforts to improve education, health care, economic prosperity and the general quality of life. 

Webinar: Community Approaches to Inclusive Healthy Housing
Join the League for an upcoming webinar,"Community Approaches to Inclusive Healthy Housing," on April 25th. Two organizations are bringing healthy housing to their communities. Suzanne Mineck and Emily Yu will speak about Healthy Homes Des Moines and the BUILD Health Challenge. Leroy Moore will join us to talk about the Tampa Housing Authority's project ENCORE!
Additional Information & Upcoming Events

2019 All-America City Award & Conference
This year's theme is "Creating Healthy Communities Through Inclusive Civic Engagement." 

2019 NLC-RISC Trustees Conference (National League of Cities)
May 15-17, 2019 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

113th Annual Conference (Government Finance Officers Association)
May 19-22, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA 

105th Annual Conference (ICMA)
October 20-23, 2019 in Nashville, TN

Thank you to National Civic League Sustaining Member  Cities and Towns:

Asheboro, NC
Aurora, CO
Chula Vista, CA
Decatur, GA
Denver, CO
Dublin, CA
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Illinois Municipal League
Gladstone, MO
Hayward, CA
Kershaw County, SC
Lakewood, CO
Las Vegas, NV
Little Rock, AR
Rancho Cordova, CA
Roanoke, VA
San Antonio, TX
Tallahassee, FL
Tampa Housing Authority
Tupelo, MS
Thank you to National Civic League Partner Organizations:

American Society for Public Administration
Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation
Delta Dental
Government Finance Officers Association
Greenberg Traurig
International City / County Management Association
Kaiser Permanente
Kettering Foundation
National Coalition on Dialogue and Deliberation
National League of Cities
National Forum for Black Public Administrators
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Southwest Airlines
United Way Worldwide
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

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