Do You Hear What I Hear?
Hopeful signs from 2018: voter participation in November was the highest for a midterm election in at least 50 years, according to Time magazine. Together with continued increases in charitable giving (27% increase in Giving Tuesday donations!), expansions in nonprofit memberships and thousands of residents connecting with local government through technology, we're seeing a resurgence in civic engagement nationally. Thanks for doing your part!

President, National Civic League

Undivided Nation: 
Q&A with David Leaverton
"What would it take to bring unity to America?" That's the powerful question that has guided the Leavertons as they have embarked on a 50 state road trip to explore the beauty of our diverse opinions and spend time with Americans from all 50 states on a quest to find what could unite our great nation. 
Hate Crimes on the Rise. What Can Cities Do? 
According to a recent New York Times article, "Hate crime reports increased 17 percent last year from 2016...rising for the third consecutive year as heated racial rhetoric and actions have come to dominate the news.The National Civic League provides suggestions and resources for cities to address this troubling trend.  Read more
A Year in Review: 
2018 Milestones
With the help of members and supporters, the League has accomplished a lot in 2018. From another successful All-America City Event & Conference, to monthly webinars and an online version of the National Civic Review. Learn more about the milestones reached in 2018 and support our work moving forward.  Read more

Equitable Development as a Tool to Advance Equity
As some cities rebound, they are experiencing increased investment and higher tax revenues; however, it is imperative to ensure development is equitable. The Local and Regional Government Alliance on Race and Equity recently released a report 
providing a policy framework for implementation strategies that advance equitable development. 

Cities of Service Launches 2019 Engaged Cities Award
The Engaged Cities Award is an international recognition program that elevates the diverse ways that cities are actively engaging their citizens to solve critical public problems. The award amplifies the most effective solutions, enabling other cities to learn from, adopt, and improve upon them. The award is open to cities with populations of 30,000+ in the Americas and Europe.  Read more

Webinar: Engaging the Public in Fiscal Matters
Can the public really help local governments make solid budget decisions? Of course! Join the National Civic League for an upcoming webinar,"Engaging the Public in Fiscal Matters," on December 19th. Two communities - Hampton, Virginia, and Placentia, California - will share how residents have contributed their views on budget matters. Register here
Additional Information & Upcoming Events

National Civic League Membership Drive
The National Civic League is turning 125! We invite you to join us, as we celebrate the accomplishments of the past 125 years, by becoming a member of the League.

All-America City Awards & Conference Workshop Proposals
The National Civic League invites proposals for workshops to be held June 21-22, 2019. The topics of the proposed workshops should be aligned with the event theme and relevant to the audience. 
Learn more and submit your proposal by January 15, 2019. 

2019 All-America City Award Application
This year's theme is "Creating Healthy Communities Through Inclusive Civic Engagement." 
Learn more and apply by March 6, 2019. 

All-America City Hall of Fame Project Application
To celebrate the Award's 70th anniversary and continue recognizing the great work of All-America Cities, the National Civic League has created a Hall of Fame Award to recognize an outstanding civic engagement initiative in the community since winning the All-America City Award. 

Winter 2019 Policy Meeting (Mayors Innovation Project)
January 25-26, 2019 in Washington, DC

ASPA 2019 Annual Conference
March 8-12, 2019 in Washington, DC

Congressional City Conference (National League of Cities)
March 10-13, 2019 in Washington, DC
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
Lakewood, CO
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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