FLASH KENMORE NY IS ALL AMERICA CITY 2014 FINALIST!!  Visit www.NCL.org to learn more  (Previously-Buffalo NY All America City 2011 Finalist)

For Immediate Release April 2011 

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Finalists Named for 2011 All-America City Award- “City of Good Neighbors “among Finalists.

Denver, Colorado--The National Civic League (NCL) today announced the finalists for the All-America City Awards, the annual competition for civic activists and community problem-solvers.  The 2011 awards event will be June 15-17 in Kansas City, Missouri. “We’re very excited about this year’s participants, a very strong group of contenders with great civic projects to brag about,” said NCL President Gloria Rubio-Cortés.  “These communities have tackled everything from tsunami preparedness to environmental sustainability, education, gang violence and economic development.” The list of 26 finalists includes large urban centers, midsized cities and smaller suburban and rural communities. Listed alphabetically by state are the 2011 finalists:  Alaska:  Kenai California:  Downey, Dublin, Huntington Park, Torrance and Yucaipa Colorado:  Lakewood Illinois:  Belleville Indiana:  South Bend Iowa:  Marshalltown Kansas:  Scott City Massachusetts: Dedham Michigan:  Ann Arbor Mississippi:  Tupelo Nebraska:  Dakota County North Carolina: Eden and Fayetteville New York:  Buffalo Ohio:  Cincinnati Oregon:  Lakeview and Seaside Pennsylvania:  Philadelphia Texas:  Fort Worth and Taylor Landing Utah:  Cottonwood Heights Wisconsin:  Beloit Immediately recognizable for the “stars and bars” shield logo found on water towers and city limits signs across the country, the award is given to ten winners each year for community-based problem solving, grassroots civic engagement and joint efforts on the part of the public, private and nonprofit sectors.  To become a finalist, each participant completed an application describing three community projects to address local challenges. At least one community project must focus on the needs of young people.  During the three-day competition, a delegation from each community will present its challenges and solutions to a jury of national experts from across the United States. The All-America City Award is an honor achieved by more than 600 neighborhoods, villages, towns, cities, counties, and regions across the country.   Some have won the award multiple times. “People can’t believe the energy and spirit of this event until they experience it,” noted Hon. Sandra Freedman, who chairs the National Civic League Board of Directors. “It’s a unique combination of local pride and community innovation, and in these very tough times for localities, these communities give us hope and new ideas about how to do more with less.” Sprint Foundation is underwriter of this year’s All-America City Awards. Sponsors are: the Gay & Lesbian Fund For Colorado; Southwest Airlines (the official Airline of the All-America City Awards); the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, Jossey Bass (an imprint of Wiley), which is celebrating the 100th year of the National Civic Review; the Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation; J.E. Dunn Construction; LSC Transportation Consultants; the City of Gladstone, Missouri; the City of Barnstable, Massachusetts, and the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas  City, Missouri. Learn more about the award program and follow events leading up to the Kansas City event on our All-America City blog at www.allamericacityaward.com and the All-America City Awards Facebook page. NCL is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that strengthens democracy by increasing the capacity of our nation’s people to fully participate in and build healthy and prosperous communities across America. Find out more about the National Civic League at www.ncl.org.

NOTE Buffalo NY and Kenmore NY completed applications in the 2014 ALL AMERICA CITY competition . The Buffalo application featured the BNMC's Healthy Comunnities initiative ; The City wide GREEN CODE initiative and the SAY YES TO EDUCATION BUFFALO program.  The Kenmore AAC application featured Jackie james Creedon and community partners successful environmental health initiative; The Kenmore Village Improvment Society and the KEN TON Cothing Closet KENMORE earned Finalist status and willcompete inthe June 13-15, 2014 competition to be held in Denver Co.

The following projects were included as part of the application for the 2011 All America City award by the Buffalo Niagara All America City Committee:

PROJECT ONE (Challenge #1) -   

B.        The non-profit Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo is a social entrepreneurship agency that works collaboratively with inter-sector; inter disciplinary organizations and citizens to empower Buffalo to be a HEALTHY CITY.  Using the broader definition of a “healthy city,” that encompasses the City’s Social, Environmental, Human and Economic capital the Institute has developed facilitation and strategic planning skills to create, participate in or influence a portfolio of initiatives that collectively address the City’s key issues. In the past three years the Institute has facilitated “Visioning” processes in the City’s Riverside, Flare and Black Rock communities and a city wide “Shared Vision” process targeting Childhood obesity. Through the process of developing the Vision statements the Institute has fostered  the community’s look at their ‘current realities’ and crafting  strategic plans to  build their “healthy” community by networking with non-profits, city/county government, civic groups and private sector partners. Wellness Institute partnerships with Colleges ( i.e. Buffalo State; University at Buffalo and D’Youville) bring academic resources and interns into the mix of change. Over the years the Institute has impacted health in Buffalo’s youth, adult and older adults. A successful example of a City wide initiative touching all ages was the Institute’s advocacy creating a Buffalo Bicycle Pedestrian Commission in 2008. Policy change from this Commission included the passing of “Complete Streets” legislation which will have a lifetime impact on citizens of all ages, their health and the City’s sustainable environment. www.CreatingHealthyCommunities.org


PROJECT TWO (Challenge #2 – Addresses sustainability issues) -

B.        People United for Sustainable Housing in Buffalo is focused on the rehabilitating of vacant and abandoned housing to improve the overall quality of communities around Buffalo. In order to do this PUSH captures government resources and uses government finance options as well as state and federal money to address vacant lots and abandoned housing. PUSH has partnerships with other community organizations such as the Massachusetts Avenue Project and the Butler Mitchell Boys and Girls Club and schools such as Buffalo Public School 30 to get youth involved in the vacant lots they purchase, which are turned into gardens. Youth from Buffalo Public School 30 lay out a garden and then during June they come and watch what they planted grow. MAP uses the vacant lots purchased by PUSH for their Growing Green program, which revolves around youth. Other projects by PUSH include the Net Zero/10 Winter Street demonstration project and the Massachusetts Avenue Development Plan. The Net Zero/10 Winter Street demonstration project is designed to show all the latest green building techniques under one house. The MAD Plan is a 2.1 million dollar project designed to make more housing units available on Massachusetts Avenue through gut rehabilitations. Both the Net Zero/10 Winter Street demonstration project and MAD Plan have been well received by the community in which they are being done according to Sean Ryan, the housing director of PUSH.  www.Pushbuffalo.org


PROJECT THREE (Benefit Youth and Children) -

B.        The Massachusetts Avenue Project’s top priority is providing alternatives to youth. This has been the top priority since MAP’s inception in 1992. MAP started to focus more on teenagers in 2002 when its leaders realized that there weren’t enough opportunities for teenagers in the community. Teenagers wanted jobs and since jobs were scare in the community they lived in, MAP created Growing Green in 2003. MAP employs and trains youth from the ages of 14-20 in Growing Green, which teaches them how to do sustainable food production methods and composting on MAP’s urban farm. Youth in Growing Green are the ones who structure and evaluate the program so they are more apt to work together and come up with solutions that will ultimately provide more affordable and healthy food to people in their community who are less fortunate. Through other areas of Growing Green such as the youth enterprise and the community outreach and education component, youth are actively learning how to run their own business and how policy work is done through the zoning ordinance meetings they are attending. MAP’s youth programs are funded in part by New York State, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Office of Children & Family Services with some local funding coming from Erie County.

For more info on the National Civic League's All America City program visit www.ncl.org  Note : In 2014 The National Civic League will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of its' launch of the US Healthy Communities movement. Buffalo NY's All America City Committee co-founder Philip L. Haberstro has been invited to contribute an article for the the NCL's National Civic Review Journal's Spring 2014 issue on Buffalo NY's Healthy Community experiences and lessons  learned . Teams from Buffalo NY and Kenmore NY  submitted 2014 All America City applications. News Up date: KENMORE NY was selected as a FINALIST for the JUNE 2014 ALL AMERICA CITY competition to be held June 13 to15 in DENVER Colorado !  UPDATE : Kenmore's team enjoyed the competition and while not earning the  coveted AAC title continue to work togther to enhance the Quality of life for the Village of Kenmore NY! Visit the Kenmore Village Improvement Society website to learn how to get involved in improving Kenmore's quality of life .