Allentown is one of 20 finalists to be recognized as an All-American City for 2018.
The 20 finalist communities as chosen by the National Civic League will compete to be recognized as one of ten All-America Cities for 2018. Each community is invited to bring a team of residents, nonprofit leaders, business representatives, government officials and young people to the 109th National Civic League Conference on Local Governance in Denver this June to participate in presentations and workshops over three days.
According to the National Civic League, “The 2018 spotlight for the Award is efforts focused on inclusive engagement practices that promote equity and bring all voices to the table to help solve our country’s most pressing and complex issues. Finalist communities’ presentations will bring their written application to life and demonstrate the positive effects of using equitable engagement strategies to address issues such as promoting mental health, building stronger neighborhoods and breaking down racial barriers to economic opportunities.”
“We are in some pretty good company,” said Mayor Ray O’Connell. “Making the finals is a tremendous accomplishment. We look forward to the opportunity to expound on our success.”
The National Civic League has recognized American civic innovation annually since 1949.
Allentown was recognized as an All-American City in 1962, 1974 and 1975. Allentown is the only Pennsylvania finalist. The last Pennsylvania municipality to be awarded All-American City status was Lancaster in 2000.
Finalist communities include the 7th largest city in America (San Antonio) and a town of only 22,000 people (Decatur, GA). Miami Beach, Fl., Las Vegas, Charlotte and Cincinnati are among the other competitors.