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Seattle wins National Civic League All-American City Award

Leaders from the Department of Neighborhoods pictured at the National Civic League 75th Annual All-American City Award ceremony in Denver.

In April, Seattle was named as a finalist for the prestigious All-America City Award. Over a weekend in early June, a group of leaders from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON) traveled to Denver for the 75th annual All-America City Award Event to show how Seattle exemplifies the power of civic participation and innovation to a jury of nationally recognized civic leaders. And they brought home the prize!

The team showcased three DON programs – the Community Liaisons Program, Indigenous Advisory Council, and People’s Academy for Community Engagement – to demonstrate how the City of Seattle puts relationship building and community involvement at the center of our civic engagement.

City of Seattle All-American Cities presentation opening video.

This year, Seattle was one of ten exemplary communities recognized for their transformative, community-driven efforts to strengthen democracy through local action and innovation. Recipients are recognized for the strength of their civic infrastructure—the network of relationships, partnerships, and capacities driving effective decision-making and problem-solving.

The All-America City Award shines a spotlight on the incredible work taking place in communities across the country. By celebrating the best in local innovation, civic engagement and cross-sector collaboration, the All-America City Award remind us of the potential within every community to tackle tough issues and create real change.

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