Photo by Karina Furhman
Chelsea residents couldn’t recall a more festive and enjoyable celebration than the one that took place Tuesday night at Mary O’Malley Park as people came together for National Night Out and to recognize the city’s All-America Award designation.
For the delegation, led by City Manager Jay Ash, that made the trip to Denver, it was an opportunity to reunite and remember one of the most memorable accomplishments in the city’s history.
Looking back at the All-America Award experience, it’s almost like a dream that our city could win such a prestigious award and become the only city in New England to take home the coveted prize.
Of course, Jay Ash’s superior leadership in this endeavor was vital to its successful planning and execution. It was so fitting that Molly Baldwin, leader of the national model that is ROCA, presented a special plaque – depicting the front page of the All-America Award edition of The Chelsea Record – to Jay Ash at Tuesday night’s ceremony.
For Jay Ash has been making front-page news for quite some time as city manager for all the developments and positive changes that have happened in Chelsea during his tenure.
The entire state delegation, State Sen. Sal DiDomenico, and State Reps. Dan Ryan and Roselee Vincent, were on hand to congratulate Chelsea on its All-America Award.
Oakland has earthquakes, droughts and a host of other resilience problems to tackle. Now it has a Chief Resilience Officer to lead the charge.
Today, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and Michael Berkowitz, president of The Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative, will jointly announce that Victoria Salinas has been tapped as the city’s first Chief Resilience Officer, a position being created in other cities across the world, as well.
National Civic League is proud to announce the All-America City spotlight for 2015: engaging and supporting vulnerable boys and young men. NCL takes a broad and inclusive view of vulnerable boys and young men and includes populations that are African American, Latino, Native American, Asian Pacific Islander, economically challenged, disabled, LGBTQI, religious and other at-risk or under-served identities.
Around the country, communities are adopting approaches to help provide the opportunity for boys and young men to create a path to success and we hope to uplift those programs to be used as replicable models for other communities on key issues such as education, health, access to housing, jobs, racial healing, empowerment, income inequality, and achievement, among others.
NCL values gender equality and is using this spotlight to highlight the targeted successful approaches for vulnerable boys and young men recognizing that these initiatives are a contributing piece of the work it takes to create healthy and prosperous community for all residents. This spotlight builds on NCL’s 20 years of work on diversity, inclusiveness, and racial equity in communities across the country.
The National Civic League recognizes ten communities each year for outstanding civic accomplishments. To win, each community must demonstrate innovation, impact, inclusiveness, civic engagement, and cross sector collaboration by describing three successful efforts to address pressing local challenges. Applicants are asked to feature in their application at least one program in which they are engaging and supporting vulnerable boys and men.
We hope to also hear about how you are engaging and support vulnerable girls and young women and projects that target all genders. We encourage other programs that address the unique needs of your community; examples in the past include downtown and neighborhood revitalization; arts and culture; and environmental sustainability.
To read examples of past projects please see 2014 All-America Cities Summaries. The award program culminates in a three-day event where finalist community delegations tell their stories of successful change to a national jury of business, nonprofit, and local government experts. To view past presentations examples see Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Eau Claire, Wisconsin; and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The All-America City Award program has assisted communities since 1949 and is considered the “Nobel Prize for Constructive Citizenship.”
All-America Cities benefit by increasing community pride, networking with civic activists from across the country and gaining national recognition. These communities are exposed to new ideas, especially around the spotlighted topic, and take on these new challenges back home by bolstering current programs and creating new ones to fill the existing gaps. The AAC designation has also helped communities win grants and new resources and attract new employers.
November 2014 (date TBD) prospective communities will submit a letter of intent to apply. The application is due in March (date TBD). The finalists are named in early April. The finalist communities are invited to bring a delegation of people to tell their story and compete at AAC 2015 in June in Denver (date TBD). All applicants and others interested in knowing more about the spotlight or AAC are also invited to attend the June event. The 2015 application is being finalized and will be available soon. It has the same criteria (cross sector collaboration, community engagement, inclusiveness/diversity, innovation and impact) and will follow the same written format as the 2014 application. The only change will be to the spotlighted theme. To be placed on the list to receive the 2015 application once it is available link here.
To continue the All-America City experience and share photos from the event with one another National Civic League is sponsoring a Facebook Photo Contest. From today (6/20/2014) until Wednesday July 2, 2014 post a photo to our wall (All-America City Awards) from the event and the photo with the most likes at Noon MST on July 2nd will win a free round trip Southwest ticket! Anyone who attended the event can submit a photo and more than one photo can be submitted.
We also encourage you to share whole albums by tagging us in your post so all delegates can view your photos. *only individual photo posts will count toward the contest
In the meantime, we’ve posted some of our photos of the 2014 All-America City Awards on our Flickr page. Click here to see the photo-stream.
The National Civic League announced the ten All-America Cities tonight during a celebration at the Grand Hyatt Denver. The award is given to communities for outstanding civic accomplishments. This year had a focus on healthy communities–efforts to address challenges such as obesity, chronic illness, physical inactivity and the need for safe routes to school and walkable communities.
Listed alphabetically by state, the 2014 All-America Cities are:
|Montgomery, Alabama||Chelsea, Massachusetts|
|San Pablo, California||Independence, Oregon|
|Brush!, Colorado||Brownsville, Texas|
|Fort Lauderdale, Florida||Hampton, Virginia|
|Cedar Rapids, Iowa||Eau Claire, Wisconsin|
For two days, groups of civic leaders and community activists met in Denver to present their stories of positive change to a jury of civic experts and to network and exchange ideas and insights.
“Congratulations on a job well done,” said Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock in a message to the All-America Cities. “Not only have you proven your ability to innovate, work together and take on the complex challenges facing America’s communities, you’ve given inspiration and ideas to other communities across the country.”
The 2014 All-America Cities applied grassroots efforts to address such issues as childhood obesity, economic development, neighborhood revitalization, greenway development. They engaged the public directly in budget-making, city planning and communitywide fitness programs. They promoted local arts and cultural opportunities, reduced high school drop-out rates and turned polluted brownfields into parks.
“These communities are amazing,” said National Civic League President Gloria Rubio-Cortés. “They deserve to be recognized for the great work they are doing to make their communities stronger, healthier and more inclusive. They have found innovative ways of aligning existing programs to achieve greater impact.”
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.
The National Civic League welcomes the finalist communities and their delegations to the 2014 All-America City Awards!
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.
To find out about things to do and see in white visiting Denver, click here.
Thanks again to the sponsors of the 2014 All-America City Awards:
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.