Wichita named finalist in All-America City award competition

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The City of Wichita has been named one of 20 finalists in the National Civic League’s (NCL) All-America City Award competition.

“Today’s notification formalizes what we’ve known in Wichita for some time now,” said Mayor Jeff Longwell. “Our inclusive approach to governing provides us with creative ways to be transformative in ways that make Wichita a very special place.”

The All-America City Award recognizes communities that leverage civic engagement, collaboration, inclusiveness and innovation to successfully address local issues. In announcing this year’s finalists, the NCL said the group of 20 represented the diversity of American communities from the largest cities to the smallest towns.

In its application to the NCL, Wichita cited its advances in community engagement and policing, the work of the Health and Wellness Coalition and other community initiatives like League 42 and Open Streets ICT.

A team of residents that represent a cross-section of the community will present the story of Wichita and its work as a community to a jury of national experts on June 21 in Denver, CO.

Created in 1949, the award – which was once called the “Nobel Prize for constructive citizenship” – is given out to 10 communities every year. The 2019 award will focus on creating health communities through inclusive civic engagement.

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