The City of Placentia is pleased to announce it has been chosen as one of 20 finalist cities for the 2018 All-America City Award (AAC). The All-America City Award recognizes communities that leverage civic engagement, collaboration, inclusiveness and innovation to successfully address local issues, and is awarded annually to ten cities within the United States by the National Civic League.
“We are honored to be nominated for all the positive changes happening in Placentia,” said City Administrator Damien Arrula. “The All-America City Award shines a spotlight on the incredible work taking place in communities just like ours across the country. Placentia is experiencing a renaissance in many areas and we are excited that the National Civic League is recognizing the City’s efforts.”
This isn’t the first time Placentia has received All-America City accolades. In 1971, Placentia received the All-America City Award, and was the first city in Orange County and only the fourteenth city in California to be named an All-America City.
“The City has changed a lot since 1971, but our continued passion to make Placentia a wonderful place to live remains the same,” said Mayor Chad Wanke. “We strive to make Placentia better year over year, and this nomination recognizes that.”
These finalists represent the diversity of American communities, from the largest cities to the smallest towns across the country. Finalist communities include the seventh largest city in America – San Antonio, Texas – and a town of only 22,000 – Decatur, Georgia. All finalists have the common bond of working to create equitable communities through inclusive civic engagement. The 2018 award spotlight is on efforts focused on practices that promote equity, and bring all voices to the table to help solve the country’s most pressing and complex issues.
The finalists are: Springdale, Ark.; Placentia, Calif.; Stockton, Calif.; Longmont, Colo.; Miami Beach, Fla.; Decatur, Ga.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Battle Creek, Mich.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Charlotte, N.C.; Cincinnati, Ohio; Beaverton, Ore.; Allentown, Pa.; Columbia, S.C.; Kershaw County, S.C.; Mount Pleasant, S.C.; El Paso, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; Pasco, Wash.; Tacoma, Wash.
The 20 finalist communities will compete this June in Denver, Colo., to be recognized as one of 10 All-America Cities for 2018. Each community will bring a team of neighbors, nonprofit leaders, business representatives, government officials, and young people to participate in presentations and workshops. Finalists will bring their written applications to life, and demonstrate the positive effects of using equitable engagement strategies to address issues like promoting mental health, building stronger neighborhoods, and breaking down racial barriers to economic opportunities.
Created in 1949, the All-America City Award – once called the “Nobel Prize for constructive citizenship” – has been awarded to more than 500 communities across the country.