The National Civic League has designated Fort Wayne an All-America City. This is the fourth time Fort Wayne has received the national award. The Allen County community was one of 20 finalists.
The All-America City Award has been given to 10 communities each year since 1949. This year, 15 states were represented, ranging in size from 9,000 residents to over a million.
The city says the award is based on the engagement of residents in innovative, inclusive and effective efforts to tackle critical challenges.
“Being named an All-America City is a tremendous accomplishment and is an indication of how Fort Wayne is moving forward in the right direction,” said Mayor Tom Henry. “We’re working each day to provide opportunities for every person who calls Fort Wayne home. Collectively, we’re doing everything possible to engage, innovate, and perform, and I truly believe our best days are ahead of us.”
Fort Wayne’s application highlighted three community-building projects, including Riverfront Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne UNITED, and Fort Wayne Community Schools’ Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Center.
Fort Wayne was named an All-America City in 1983, 1998 and 2009.