For Immediate Release
June 13, 2006 | Staff Contact: City Manager's Office (303) 651-8601
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Wins "All-America City" Award
is an All-America City.
The City of Longmont, Colorado was
awarded the national designation of “All-America City ” by the National Civic
League at its annual award presentation in Anaheim, California on Sunday evening,
June 11, 2006. Longmont is one of only ten cities nationwide to receive this
The award recognizes Longmont for identifying
its most challenging issues and working collaboratively with the community
to create innovative and effective strategies for problem-solving. The AAC
designation also encourages other cities from around the country to use Longmont
as a role model in dealing with similar issues.
“It is an extraordinary honor to have
been named an All-America City,” Longmont Mayor Julia Pirnack said. “I commend
each member of the community who has participated in bettering our community.
The NCL recognition honors the efforts of all of us – community members and
their civil servants.”
The All-America City (AAC) Award program
is the nation's oldest community recognition effort. Founded in 1949 by then
National Civic League (NCL) board chair George Gallup Sr., the AAC Award recognizes
communities of all size – including neighborhoods, towns, cities, counties
and regions – who have made major progress in meeting their most important
“These All-America Cities symbolize
the best of our nation – the ability of citizens, government, businesses and
nonprofit organizations to come together, effectively address their issues
and produce tangible results,” said Christopher T. Gates, president of the
National Civic League. “The accomplishments of these 10 All-America Cities
serve as an inspiration to communities across the United States that are facing
The All-America Cities competition
was held June 9-11, 2006 in Anaheim with 34 cities competing from across the
country. Longmont sent a delegation of 37 staff and community members to make
the official presentation and to answer questions. The jury from the All-America
Cities competition judged Longmont on three specific initiatives:
Longmont Housing Opportunities Team (LHOT), which is working to end homelessness;
Strategic Multicultural Plan, which is designed to guide the community over
a five-year period in becoming a more multicultural, inclusive community;
Gang Response and Intervention Program (GRIP), which is a program designed
to provide education, early intervention and alternatives to gang membership
in our community's youth.
“While our residents and neighboring
cities recognize these innovative programs, now Longmont is being recognized
on a national level,” Mayor Pirnack said.
The award is named “All-America”
to showcase problem solving and solutions in communities rather than “All-American,”
which might simply demonstrate patriotism and appearance.
According to NCL, the All-America
City Award application is purposely arduous to ensure only the most deserving
of communities apply and are selected. Each year, only a small percentage
(roughly 5%) of those that begin the application process decide in the end
that they have substance to meet the AAC criteria and have the drive to be
named an All-America City.
This year, nearly 600 communities
downloaded the 2006 All-America Award application. Over seventy communities
then participated in online briefings for potential applicants. Fifty communities
committed to submitting an application for 2006 and then 36 communities actually
completed the application process.
"The applications we received
this year were as strong as we've seen in some time, and we felt it was important
that all those who were deserving be sent to the next level for review by
the AAC Jury," said Tom Flynn, chair of the AAC Screening Committee.
While the AAC Screening Committee has named 30 communities as finalists in
recent years, the Screening Committee has always had the option to name fewer
or more finalists at their discretion.
year's Finalist communities were from across the country from Washington state
to Florida and southern California to Maine. The total population represented
by the Finalists communities is 3,598,775 with Braselton, Georgia being the
smallest community with a population of 1,206 and Columbus, Ohio being the
largest with a population of 728,432.
National Civic League is headquartered in Denver.