All-America City Award Fact Sheet


The National Civic League's All-America City Award is the oldest and most respected community civic recognition
program in the nation. This year marks the 67th anniversary of the Award that recognizes
communities whose citizens work together to identify and tackle community-wide
challenges and achieve uncommon results.
Each year, only ten communities are selected as All-America Cities. These communities
exemplify the true American spirit at work. Their citizens are actively committed to
ensuring that their community is a safe, nurturing place to live. Since the program’s
inception, more than 4,000 communities (neighborhoods/cities/towns/counties/regions)
have competed and 550+ have been named “All-America Cities.”
Each year, the All-America City Award program receives applications from communities
across the country. A Screening Committee of public and civic affairs experts reviews
the applications and, following a careful and thorough examination, the finalists are
At public hearings before the All-America City jury in June, each Finalist community will
present its application and answer questions posed by the jury. Once the jury has
carefully considered all Finalists’ presentations and applications, the ten All-America
Communities are announced at a special awards ceremony.
For a community to be named an All-America City, it must be able to demonstrate
successful resolution of community issues through collaborative effort. Award winning
criteria include the following: active citizen involvement, effective and efficient
government performance, maximized local philanthropic and volunteer resources, a
strong capacity for cooperation and consensus building, community Vision and pride,
inter-group relations, community information sharing, and intercommunity cooperation.
The All-America City Award is a program of the National Civic League, a nonprofit,
nonpartisan organization founded in 1894 to strengthen citizen democracy by
transforming democratic institutions. NCL accomplishes its mission through technical
assistance, training, publishing, research, and the All-America City Award, the nation’s
oldest and most prestigious community recognition program. The National Civic League is headquartered in Denver, Colorado. Greater Buffalo NY (1996) and the Buffalo Niagara Region (2002) have earned the ALL AMERICA CITY Award. Buffalo NY was a 2011 ALL America City Finalist and KENMORE NY was a 2014 All America City Finalist . The Wellness Institute's Philip L Haberstro is co founder of the Buffalo Niagara All America City Committee.  The committee is currently working with Mr James Quinn on an initiative to measure SOCIAL CAPITAL in the "City Of Good Neighbors" once the survey is analysis is complted the SOCIAL CAPITAL measurement will be available on thw WELLNESS INSTITUTE DASHBOARD.