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  • AAC Photo Contest

    AAC Photo Contest

    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 [...]

  • Congratulations to the 2014 All-America Cities!

    Congratulations to the 2014 All-America Cities!

    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 [...]

AAC Photo Contest

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.

 

AAC Presentation: Cedar Rapids

Congratulations to the 2014 All-America Cities!

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

Click here for summaries of their award winning projects.

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.

Podcast: Mayor Hancock Welcomes All-America City Finalists

Click here to listen to Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock’s opening remarks.

From The Campaign for Grade Level Reading

Welcome AAC Finalists!

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.

Click here for an event schedule.

To find out about things to do and see in white visiting Denverclick 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.

 

 

25 Years of Healthy Communities: Part II

The National Civic League is continuing its year-long celebration of community-based efforts to promote health, equity, safety, and well-being though collaborative problem-solving and public engagement. The second of two special issues of the National Civic Review on healthy communities is now available.

Click here for a table of contents and access to PDFs and enhanced html versions of individual articles. 

Thanks again to Kaiser Permanente for support in developing and publishing these case studies, essays and topical articles. And thanks also to our co-publisher, Jossey-Bass, Wiley & Sons, for allowing us to provide free access to the contents of the two special issues.

Part II (the spring 2014 issue) drills deeper into some of the themes and questions raised in the winter 2013 issue of NCR on healthy communities.  The second issue highlights a number of place-based initiatives (and one statewide effort) further exploring facets of the movement such as health equity, obesity, walkable communities, food  and place-making. It offers insights into current practice, methods of evaluation and new forms of organizing and media. It concludes with an essay on the future of healthy communities.

The National Civic League will continue this editorial focus on healthy communities in subsequent issues of NCR, beginning with an article on the state of the global movement (by healthy communities pioneer Trevor Hancock) in the fall 2014 edition. NCL is partnering with Community Commons to enlist interest and discussion of the special issues online.

The winter 2014 issue of NCR will highlight the finalists and winners of the All-America City Awards. This year, as part of our ongoing celebration of 25 years of healthy communities, applicants were asked to highlight at least one project related to walking, biking, moving, obesity, healthy eating, health promotion and/or disease prevention, etc. The winners of the 2014 All-America City Awards will be announced June 15 during a celebration in Denver, Colorado.

 

2014 All-America City Finalists Announced!

The National Civic League announced the finalists for the 2014 All-America City Awards. They are:

  • Montgomery, Alabama
  • San Pablo, California
  • Whittier, California
  • Brush, Colorado
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Tarpon Springs, Florida
  • Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Marshalltown, Iowa
  • Columbus, Indiana
  • Chelsea, Massachusetts
  • Dedham, Massachusetts
  • Fitchburg, Massachusetts
  • Somerville, Massachusetts
  • Marquette, Michigan
  • Kenmore, New York
  • Canton, New York
  • Independence, Oregon
  • Providence, Rhode Island
  • Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Brownsville, Texas
  • Marshall, Texas
  • Hampton, Virginia
  • Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Yakima, Washington
  • Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

“We look forward to hosting these community innovators when they come to Denver to participate in the All-America City Awards in June,” said National Civic League Board Chair Mayor Michael B. Hancock of Denver.  “All-America city finalists are at the forefront of a nationwide movement to find inventive, community-based solutions to the issues that face our cities. From preparing our kids to compete and succeed in the 21st century to promoting livable neighborhood revitalization, new ideas often start in one community and later become best practices for others.”

This year’s awards have a special focus on successful efforts to address 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 All-America City Award will spotlight programs that address issues such as obesity, walkable cities, biking, fitness, healthy eating and disease prevention.

“Your zip code is more important than your DNA code when it comes to health,” noted Anne Warhover, president and CEO of the Colorado Health Foundation. “Therefore designing our communities with opportunities for physical activity and access to healthy food is critical to improving health outcomes. People are demanding healthy housing and healthy work places. As a result community builders want to provide it. We are overjoyed that the All-America City Award celebrates communities with the foresight to make health a priority and encourages other communities to implement policies that encourage building for health!”

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.

Communities vying for All-Americas City status fill out applications listing three examples of successful community change and describing their capacities for civic engagement, collaboration, inclusiveness and innovation. Then they present to a jury of civic experts who select the annual award winners. The 2014 All-America Cities will be announced June 15 at an awards celebration. More than 600 communities have received the award since its beginning in 1949.

25 Years of Healthy Communities

The Winter issue of the National Civic Review focuses on 25 years of the U.S. Healthy Communities movement. Volume 102, number 4 of the National Civic Review is the first of two special issues on Healthy Communities. The second will be published in April 2014. Link here to see the table of contents and access individual articles.

The National Civic League is partnering in 2014 with Community Commons to celebrate 25 years of Healthy Communities and the ideas embodied by the movement. Community Commons is an interactive mapping, networking, and learning utility for the broad-based healthy, sustainable, and livable communities’ movement.

The Healthy Communities movement, with its emphasis on cross-sector collaboration, civic engagement and transforming the settings and environments that are the drivers of health, has inspired hundreds of U.S. communities to think and act in fundamentally different ways.

The National Civic League was an important catalyst in the early years of the movement, and this year’s All-America City Awards will have a Healthy Communities focus.

25 Years of Healthy Communities: an interview with Tyler Norris

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