"It is a great honor to be named a finalist for the All-America City award," Mayor Bob Woerner told the Weekly. "Our community has demonstrated time and time again that we are resilient and care for each other, especially in times of need."
This year marks the 72nd anniversary of the award, which has been given to 10 communities each year since 1949. The theme for this year's contest is "Building Equitable and Resilient Communities."
Livermore's competitors include Spokane, Wash.; Richmond, Va.; Englewood, Colo.; Kansas City, Mo.; and Dallas, Texas, among others.
Staff and representatives from the city, Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District, Livermore Area Recreation and Park District and Las Positas College worked collaboratively to apply for the award, drawing from three community-driven projects.
City officials said the application underscored the community's anti-vaping efforts and addressing the youth mental health crisis, efforts to address racial equity and justice -- including the work of the city's Equity and Inclusion working group -- as well as the establishment of a wellness center and new diverse clubs at Livermore schools. The application also called attention to the community's response to housing inequity and homelessness.
"We are continually collaborating with the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District and our other partner agencies to be a welcoming and inclusive community," Woerner said. "We will be building on the wonderful foundation of community-led efforts like those highlighted in our application to create a bright future for Livermore."
The next step in the competition is a virtual presentation at the 72nd All-America City Awards Event set to take place June 7-9. Each community will be given 10 minutes to share a presentation before the awards jury explaining why it should be named an All-America City.
Following the presentation, the jury will have 10 minutes to question the presenters. The jury will then consider the presentation, answers to their questions and the written application to determine which 10 communities will be named All-America Cities.
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