The city of Columbus will learn next week if will be named one of ten 2014 All-America Cities. The Bartholomew County community is one of 23 finalists for the National Civic League award.
June 6, 2014
Denver, Colorado — The National Civic League will announce the ten winners of the 2014 All-America City Award June 15 at an award ceremony and celebration in Denver, Colorado.
Since 1949, the award has been given each year to at least ten communities for outstanding civic accomplishments. It recognizes communities for successfully addressing pressing challenges such as housing, government innovation, job development, educational improvement and neighborhood and commercial revitalization.
This year applicants have been asked to list one or more projects or initiatives aimed at addressing the underlying conditions that affect the health of communities. As part of NCL's celebration of the 25th anniversary of the U.S. Healthy Communities movement, the 2014 awards program will spotlight efforts to address issues such as obesity, walkable cities, biking, fitness, healthy eating and disease prevention.
The 23 finalists for the annual award, listed alphabetically by state, are:
San Pablo, California
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Tarpon Springs, Florida
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Canton, New York
Kenmore, New York
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
To qualify, each finalist submitted a detailed application describing their challenges and listing three examples of positive community change. During the June 14-15 All-America Cities presentations in Denver, each finalist delegation will describe their community building efforts and answer questions from a jury of civic experts. The winners will be announced the evening of June 15 (at approximately 8:00pm MDT).
Sponsors of the 2014 All-America City Awards are Southwest Airlines, The Official Airline of the All-America City Awards; Campaign for Grade-Level Reading; Colorado Health Foundation; The Colorado Trust; Kaiser Permanente Denver/Boulder Offices; Alameda Gateway Community Association; Delta Dental of Colorado; FirstBank; Greenberg Traurig; Mile High United Way; PCL Construction; St. Anthony Hospital; City of Aurora, Colorado; City and County of Denver, Colorado; City of Lakewood, Colorado; City of Dublin, California; City of Gladstone, Missouri; City of Rancho Cordova, California; City of Hickory, North Carolina; and RubinBrown.
NCL is a 120-year old nonpartisan, nonprofit organization based in Denver, Colorado. Its mission is accomplished by fostering and sharing promising practices of local government and public engagement and celebrating the progress that can be achieved when people work together.