award1OWENSBORO, Ky. (7/15/13) – “This is an award that Owensboro has not received in 60 years,” that’s according to Mayor Ron Payne at the All-American city celebration Friday night at Smothers Park.

 In conjunction with Friday After Five, the city provided free ice cream, t-shirts, and music to celebrate the city’s latest prestigious award. Smothers Park’s main fountain was activated a total of four times as it shot water over 60 feet high.

“The city of Owensboro is reaching new heights, and we’re gonna make that fountain do it, too,” said Payne.

Last month, the American Civic League held the All- American City Awards in Denver, Colo., and Owensboro was one of 10 communities to receive the award.

According to the All-American City Award website, The National Civic League recognizes ten communities each year for outstanding civic accomplishments. To win, each community must demonstrate innovation, inclusiveness, civic engagement, and cross sector collaboration by describing successful efforts to address pressing local challenges.

More than 600 communities have won the award, some as many as five times. All-America Cities have shown the ability to innovate in such areas as job creation, neighborhood revitalization, crime reduction, new housing for low income people, improving education, and engaging youth.

The award program was founded in 1949 when a newspaper reporter approached the National Civic League (then known as the National Municipal League) with the idea of naming the 10 best governed cities each year. Instead, the league created a program that recognized cities for civic achievements.

Today the award competition is open to neighborhoods, towns, cities, counties and metropolitan regions. In their applications, AAC finalists briefly tell their community stories, list two of their most pressing challenges and three outstanding community projects. The award program culminates in a three-day event where community delegations tell their stories of successful change to a national jury of business, nonprofit, and local government experts. All-America Cities benefit by increasing community pride, networking with civic activists from across the country and gaining national recognition. The AAC designation has helped communities win grants and new resources and attract new employers.

award2

award3

award4

Alex Reid
SurfKY News
Photos provided by Alex Reid

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

1 DOW 16,070.30
-304.46 (-1.86%)    
2 S&P 1,916.89
-34.24 (-1.75%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,672.69
-60.80 (-1.28%)    

Stock Report Sponsored by

In Other News...

‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Campaign Targets Drunk Drivers

OWENSBORO, Ky. (9/3/15) — The Owensboro Police Department has been out in force again this year as part of the National… Read More

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released - Sept. 4, 2015

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (9/4/15) — The Madisonville Police Department released the following reports Friday, Sept. 4. Larry… Read More

Most Read This Week

August 31, 2015 6845

Man Convicted of Hopkins Countian's Death Granted…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
September 02, 2015 6147

Madisonville Gaining Two New Businesses

by Ron Sanders
August 30, 2015 4027

UPDATED: 'He Fought the Law ... but, the Law Won'

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
September 02, 2015 3305

Investigation Leads to Meth Trafficking Charge

by SurfKY News
August 29, 2015 2811

Kentucky State Park Camping Deal Offered in…

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

August 06, 2015 19716

Muhlenberg Woman Reportedly Suffers Violent…

by SurfKY News
August 24, 2015 12304

Teen Reports Slasher Attempted to Attack Him on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

September 02, 2015 2156

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - September 2, 2015

by SurfKY News
September 03, 2015 1077

One Injured when Motorcycle, SUV Collide

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
September 03, 2015 870

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports – Sept. 3, 2015

by SurfKY News
September 03, 2015 836

TMS Automotive to Locate in Bowling Green

by SurfKY News
September 03, 2015 824

Nortonville New Water Treatment Plant Another…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
September 03, 2015 816

TVA Touts Progress of Combined Cycle Project

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
September 02, 2015 801

Ministry Reaches People from Region to Honduras

by Focus on Hopkins County
September 03, 2015 608

Gubernatorial Candidate Spot-on about Head Start

by SurfKY News
September 03, 2015 594

Kentucky Disc Golf Championships Set for Oct. 3-4…

by SurfKY News
September 03, 2015 581

Gospelfest Wows Crowd of Approximately 4,500

by Mike Groves, SurfKY News