The National Civic League announced the winners of the 61st annual All-America City award during a raucous celebration at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City. The crowds cheered loudly as, one by one, delegations from the ten winning communities streamed onstage to accept their awards.
Listed in alphabetical order by state, the 2010 All-America Cities are:
Rancho Cordova, California
North Miami, Florida
Des Moines, Iowa
Gastonia, North Carolina
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
El Paso, Texas
The 61-year old awards program recognizes neighborhoods, villages, towns, cities, counties and metro regions for outstanding civic accomplishments. To win, communities have to demonstrate an ability to address serious challenges with innovative, grassroots strategies that promote civic engagement and cooperation between the public, private and nonprofit sectors.
“These All-America Cities represent what is working in American communities,” said National Civic League President Gloria Rubio Cortés. “They are taking on challenging issues and finding innovative ways of creating a better future. We are inspired by their stories every year.”
Supervisor Ridley-Thomas at a Lynwood All-America City rally in May 2010.