Livermore earned national recognition Wednesday by being named one of this year's All-America City Award winners along with nine other cities across the country.
The National Civic League presents the award to 10 different cities each year, recognizing the work of communities in using inclusive, innovative and effective civic engagement to address critical issues and create stronger connections among residents, businesses, and nonprofit and government leaders. Livermore was the only California municipality selected as a finalist to be considered for the award.
"On behalf of the community of Livermore, I would like to thank the National Civic League for recognizing the incredible work being done in our city," said Livermore Mayor Bob Woerner.
He added, "We have an active and engaged community, full of citizens of all ages who care deeply about their city and their neighbors, and who step up to create a welcoming and inclusive community. I want to acknowledge all the hard work and collaboration by the Livermore team comprised of students, community members, and staff from the city, Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District, Livermore Area Recreation and Park District, Las Positas College and the Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce who contributed to Livermore receiving this prestigious award."
The National Civic League cited collaboration between the various community partners as "key to Livermore’s bid to become an All-America City" in a statement announcing the winners. Livermore's application for the award highlighted the city's anti-vaping efforts, its response to the youth mental health crisis, racial and social justice advancements -- including the work of its Equity and Inclusion Subcommittee -- and the progress of affordable housing programs.
From June 7-9, the top 20 finalists each provided a virtual community presentation to the awards jury panel, which then selected the winners. The presentations included creative elements such as virtual skits, music, spoken word, dancing and storytelling to represent the work being done in each community, National Civic League officials said in a statement.
"Congratulations to all winning communities and finalists," said Doug Linkhart, president of National Civic League. He added, "Each winner leveraged civic engagement, inclusiveness and innovation to successfully address challenges facing their communities. These communities serve as examples to others facing similar issues and provide hope that collaboration among community leaders, elected officials and concerned residents will help communities of all sizes tackle complex issues."
The other winners were: Bellevue, Wash.; Carlisle, Penn.; El Paso, Texas; Evanston, Ill.; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Kansas City, Mo.; Miramar, Fla.; Morrisville, N.C. and Wheat Ridge, Colo.
More information about all of the cities and their projects is available at the National Civic League website.