Fayetteville Wins All-America City Award For Fourth Time
The City of Fayetteville moved into record-breaking territory this week, as it won the All-America City Award for the fourth time, more than any other city in North Carolina.
The annual award presented by the National Civic League, was announced Monday, with Fayetteville taking honors along with nine other cities across the country. Fayetteville also won the award in 1985, 2001 and 2011. The fourth win is the most for any city in North Carolina.
You can watch the awards ceremony by clicking here. Fayetteville’s award is announced at the 1:06:00 mark in the ceremony.
“We are here today representing all the incredible programs and community organizations that make Fayetteville unique, especially the military service members and their families,” Fayetteville City Councilwoman Kathy Jensen said during the acceptance speech. “Our connection to service is what grounds us, and is why this award is so important.”
Joining Fayetteville as winners this year were two other North Carolina communities, with Charlotte and Davie County representing as well. Dallas, Tx.; Decatur, Ga.; Gonzales, Ca.; Hampton, Va.; Mesa, Az.; Mount Pleasant, SC; and San Antonio, Tx. were the other winners this year.
“The award, typically given to 10 communities each year, celebrates and recognizes neighborhoods, villages, towns, cities, counties, tribes and regions that engage residents in innovative, inclusive and effective efforts to tackle critical challenges,” the National Civic League said on its website.
This year’s theme was “Creating Thriving Communities Through Youth Engagement.”
“The 2023 All-America City Award recognized communities that are working to improve the health and well-being of young people, with particular attention to efforts that engage young people in this work. Democracy thrives when all residents are active and engaged in the policies and decisions that shape their lives.”
According to the National Civic League, Fayetteville focused on three key areas to address this year’s theme: The Market House Repurposing Project; the Fayetteville-Cumberland Youth Council and Fayetteville NEXT Commission; and Education, Mentorship and Empowerment Programs.
“Like most communities, in recent years, Fayetteville has wrestled with issues around public health, growth, social justice, racial equity, and the relationship between law enforcement and residents. The community has responded by relying on the power of conversation and collaboration, working toward the common good and approaching everything with the desire to succeed and improve. These qualities have earned Fayetteville the moniker of America’s ‘Can Do City.’”
Fayetteville, NC, led by our latest performer to date, singing God Bless America! pic.twitter.com/ifNgd19EtG— NationalCivicLeague (@NationalCivic) June 10, 2023