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.




Alex Reid
SurfKY News
Photos provided by Alex Reid 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.

In Other News...

Part of U.S. 41 to be Restricted to One Lane Friday

HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (10/8/15) ― A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to restrict traffic to one… Read More

Alleged Attempt to Hide Meth in Doughnuts Results in Epic Fail, Arrest

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (10/7/15) — An alleged attempt to hide a bag of methamphetamine in a bag of Little Debbie chocolate… Read More

Most Read This Week

October 06, 2015 4671

County Passes Occupational Tax Ordinance

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
October 07, 2015 4350

Alleged Attempt to Hide Meth in Doughnuts Results…

by SurfKY News
October 05, 2015 3947

Four Charged with Drug Offenses after Motel…

by SurfKY News
October 06, 2015 3535

Dawson Man Charged with Cultivating Marijuana,…

by SurfKY News
October 02, 2015 3174

Mahr Park Project Manager Describes Present,…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

September 16, 2015 13189

Mining Accident Fatality - Update

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
September 30, 2015 11249

Dawson Woman Dead After Princeton Factory…

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

October 07, 2015 4350

Alleged Attempt to Hide Meth in Doughnuts Results…

by SurfKY News
October 07, 2015 2907

Vehicle Overturns during Two-Car Collision

by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
October 07, 2015 2484

3 From Greenville Indicted On Drug Charges

by SurfKY News
October 07, 2015 1151

McConnell Bill To Help Families Adopting Children…

by SurfKY News
October 07, 2015 1006

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released -…

by SurfKY News
October 08, 2015 701

Madisonville Police Department Reports Released -…

by SurfKY News
October 07, 2015 700

MCC Participating in Used Mobile Phone Drive to…

by SurfKY News
October 07, 2015 675

Lt. Gov. Urges Continued Healthcare Path for…

by SurfKY News
October 07, 2015 527

Two Arrested On Drug Charges After Investigation

by SurfKY News
October 08, 2015 515

UPDATE: Mortons Gap Boil Water Advisory Lifted

by SurfKY News