National Civic League's All American City Awards

For 63 years, the National Civic League's All-America City Awards (AAC) program has celebrated the successes of communities in addressing critical local needs and challenges. This year AAC will have a special focus-communitywide efforts to increase access to jobs, housing, health care, education and other critical services for returning veterans and military families.

Last year AAC spotlighted the issue of early childhood literacy. More than 120 communities and regions joined a national network of funders, schools, libraries and local governments pledging to get more students reading proficiently by the time they finish third grade.

To qualify as a finalist for the 2013 All-America City Awards, each community must fill out an application listing three successful collaborative efforts to address local challenges. Applicants are encouraged-but not required-to list at least one project or imitative for veterans and military families.

NCL is asking interested communities to submit their applications by March 11, 2013.

Click here to request an application.

Up to 30 finalist community delegations will be invited to present at the awards presentation/competition and peer learning workshops to be held June 14-17, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.

AAC promotes civic action through community-wide problem solving efforts that continue well beyond their participation in the annual competition. Also, the AAC designation helps communities recruit new businesses, increase jobs and obtain grants. AAC energizes existing efforts and stimulates new programs.

More than 600 neighborhoods, towns, cities, counties and regions have won this award; some as many as six times. The year-round program energizes communities to effectively address our nation's most important issues. It culminates in a three-day workshop-intensive competition at which ten winners are announced.

AAC gives communities a unique opportunity to map its assets and identify successes and challenges by providing NCL's Civic Index guide and gives people a forum to transform themselves and their communities.

NCL this year will produce a best practices report to help communities improve their current initiatives or establish new ones benefiting veterans and military families. It will be widely distributed through educational sessions.

Civic Award to focus on Veterans and Military Families - Applications due March 11, 2013

For more information see: or or contact: Mike McGrath , 303-571-4343.

League of Arizona Cities and Towns
1820 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ  85007
Phone: 602-258-5786
Fax: 602-253-3874

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