The National Civic LeagueвЂ™s 2015 All-America City Awards Agenda вЂў Who is NCL and what is AAC? вЂў Why apply? The benefits of AAC вЂў What people are saying about AAC вЂў Keeping costs low! вЂў Completing the Application вЂў Keys to Success вЂў Additional Support Materials вЂў Questions National Civic League The National Civic League (NCL) is a national, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to strengthen democracy by increasing the capacity of our nationвЂ™s people to fully participate in and build healthy and prosperous communities across America. вЂў Government and Governance вЂў Civic Engagement вЂў Civic Recognition Awards The 2015 All-America City Award Recognizing Community Achievement for 66 Years (1949 вЂ“ 2015) Spotlight on engaging and supporting vulnerable boys and young men Does Your Community Have What it Takes? The All-America City Award recognizes exemplary grassroots community problemsolving and is given to communities that cooperatively tackle challenges and achieve results. A community that teaches the rest of us how to face difficult situations and to meet those challenges in innovative and collaborative ways can become an All-America City. Why Apply? The Benefits of Being an All-America City Economic Benefits Individuals and businesses looking to relocate seek out AAC Winners and Finalists, recognizing that they are good places in which to live and work. Cynthia Steinhauser, Assistant City Manager of Dubuque, Iowa, a 2007, 2012 & 2013 All-America City, says that the AllAmerica City Award вЂњhelped us land a BIG project in the midst of major economic recession in 2009/2010. IBM located their first data center in 10-15 years in downtown Dubuque and created 1300 new jobs with an annual payroll of 58 million! We feel truly blessed.вЂќ Economic Benefits *Tourism *Grants *New Business *New Residents Examples: Dubuque, Iowa & Carrollton, Missouri Community Pride вЂў The Award reinvigorates a community's sense of civic pride. People are proud to live in an All-America City and they work hard to live up to the name. Community Collaboration The application process itself presents a unique opportunity for communities to identify their assets, challenges, and foster new community partnerships that last for years beyond the AAC event. Brownsville, TX 2014 AAC collaborators Additional Benefits вЂў National opportunity to tell your communityвЂ™s story! вЂў You become part of a national exchange network to share best practices before, during, and after the AAC event in Denver in June. What People Are Saying About AAC вЂњAll-America City was truly the most rewarding thing I have ever done in my professional life. I honestly believe, I feel it in my heart, that I left a different person from the person that arrivedвЂ¦carrying a fire back to my communityвЂ¦to bring people together civilly, civically, humbly.вЂќ Miguel S. Seco, Governmental Affairs Manager, City of North Miami What People Are Saying About AAC вЂњWe were told that this would be life changing - and it IS! I have a renewed sense of urgency as I return to my work in addressing challenges in our community вЂ¦ that involves the community, includes diversity, etc. etc. I understand why individuals and communities come back to the competition again and again.вЂќ вЂњThis was an experience of a life time. I would highly recommend this to any city in America. What a way to learn how to serve, celebrate those who do serve, and want to own a piece of their community.вЂќ 2013 participants Keeping Costs Low! вЂў Application fee: $200 (Save $100 on your application fee when you submit a Letter of Intent to Apply by November 2014- date coming soon) вЂў Registration fees at AAC competition: $100 per person в€’ includes everything: jury presentations, workshops and 3 receptions в€’ average delegation size: 26 в€’ 4 free registrations per community вЂў Travel costs: transportation, hotel, meals, etc. (Note: AAC 2015 will be held in Denver, CO вЂ“ a great family vacation destination!) Applying for the All-America City Award Deadlines вЂў September 2014-February 2015: Monthly conference calls вЂў November 25, 2014: Submit Letter of Intent to Apply (Save $100 on your application fee when you submit a Letter of Intent to Apply by November 25, 2014) вЂў March 10, 2015: Submit Application вЂў April 2015: Finalists Announced. Finalist community delegations will be invited to Denver to present. вЂў June 2015: Peer-Learning Workshops & Awards Presentation/Competition in Denver, Colorado AAC Criteria вЂў Civic Engagement and Collaboration: participation of the public, private and nonprofit sectors and key constituencies to the maximum extent possible and cooperation across jurisdictional boundaries вЂў Diversity/Inclusiveness: recognition and involvement of diverse segments and perspectives (ethnic, racial, socioeconomic, age, etc.) in community decision-making AAC Criteria ContinuedвЂ¦ вЂў Innovation: creative use and leveraging of community resources вЂў Impact: significant and specific community achievements, projects that address the communityвЂ™s most important needs, and clear demonstration of project results and impacts (dollars raised or lives impacted) AAC Criteria ContinuedвЂ¦ вЂў Three projects which have improved the community significantly within the last five years, and have potential to continue improving the quality of life вЂў At least one project should present an initiative to engage and support vulnerable boys and young men The Selection Process вЂў Application submitted by March 10, 2015: (electronic and one printed copy) вЂў Twenty finalists announced in April 2015: invited to Denver to present to national jury. вЂў Ten winners chosen based on application and presentation at the conclusion of June 2015 PeerLearning Workshops & Awards Presentation/Competition in Denver, Colorado The Application The Major Components of the Application вЂў Community & contact information вЂў Your communityвЂ™s story and challenges вЂў Three locally-driven projects Community Information вЂў Community Name - what do you wish to be called? вЂў Community Application Designation neighborhood, town, tribe, city, county, or region? Community Information - cont. вЂў Contact Information - who is your primary contact for on-going communication? вЂў Community Statistics - the facts that help describe your community вЂў State Map вЂ“ showing the location of your community (simple, 8.5вЂќx11вЂќ) Part I: Tell your communityвЂ™s story вЂў This section is an opportunity for your community to demonstrate how you have engaged in the process of becoming a strong, healthy and vibrant community! Tell us your story, continuedвЂ¦ вЂў How does your community address its challenges? вЂў How does your community plan for the future? What is your communityвЂ™s vision? вЂў How are the neighborhoods, government, businesses, and nonprofits organizations engaged in these efforts? Show us how the different sectors of your population are working together to make your community great! вЂў How does your community recognize and celebrate its diversity and demonstrate inclusiveness? Part II: Community-Driven Projects вЂў Describe three recent community-driven projects that have significantly improved the community in the last five years вЂў Projects should address your communityвЂ™s unique challenges вЂў At least one project should address the 2015 theme вЂњengaging and supporting vulnerable boys and young menвЂќ в€’ approaches that help provide the opportunity for boys and young men to create a path to success by addressing key issues such as education, health, access to housing, jobs, racial healing, empowerment, income inequality, and achievement, among others в€’ See here for more information on the theme Helpful Hints re: Projects вЂў Provide a measurable result and demonstrate improvement in the lives of those affected вЂў Diversity - inclusive, citizen-driven initiatives will prevail over projects implemented by a single organization вЂў Do not try to include too many projects! AAC Keys to Success вЂў Remember the criteria вЂў DonвЂ™t forget the power of a good story вЂў Start fundraising now! вЂў Use the resources available to you Application and Resources вЂў Full application is available by visiting our web site at www.ncl.org or by emailing [email protected] вЂў NCL Staff - (303) 571-4343 вЂў AAC Blog: www.allamericacityaward.com вЂў NCLвЂ™s Civic Index вЂў Connect with an AAC mentor More Questions? Call Sarah Lipscomb at NCL (303) 571-4343 or [email protected] We look forward to receiving your application via email at [email protected] and at our address: National Civic League 6000 East Evans Ave Suite 3-012 Denver, CO 80222 Good luck!