Three cheers for a fourth recognition!
The National Civic League this week again recognized Fort Wayne as an All-America City. It's the fourth time the city has received the award since 1983.
The award – aimed at bringing organizations, governments and citizens “together to solve the challenges in their communities,” according to the Denver-based league's website – was given to 10 cities across the country on Wednesday. Cities' applications focused on equity and building resilience.
Fort Wayne's pitch focused on community-building projects Riverfront Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne United and Fort Wayne Community Schools' Family and Community Engagement Center. Its presentation can be viewed at the city's Facebook page, facebook.com/cityoffortwayne.
“Congratulations Fort Wayne for the amazing work,” league board member Teree Caldwell-Johnson said in a statement. “I think that this really sort of signals how you have used and really infused both your physical capital, your social capital and your human capital to the benefit of your community.”
City officials submitted an application in February to be recognized and Fort Wayne was chosen as one of 20 finalists. The award has been given to 10 communities each year since 1949.
Fort Wayne last was recognized in 2009 and also won the award in 1983 and 1998.