JUNE 30, 2014
Montgomery has won the title of an All America City at the National Civic League’s All-America City Awards in Denver, Colorado.
Twenty-three finalist cities competed for the title given to at least ten cities each year. The award recognizes communities for successfully addressing pressing challenges such as housing. government innovation, job development, educational improvement and neighborhood and commercial revitalization.
This year applicants were asked to list one or more projects or initiatives aimed at addressing the underlying conditions that affect the health of communities. Montgomery boasted three programs that successfully tackled this issue: The Obesity Task Force, The Eat South Organization, and the River Region Health Clinic. Delegates representing each of these programs traveled to Denver over the weekend to present a program that showed how together, leaders and citizens have partnered to significantly reduce the obesity rate, increase physical activity, increase the consumption of fresh produce, and improve the quality of indigent health care in Montgomery.
“This Award is well-deserved and a wonderful follow-up to our recent title of USA Today’s Best Historic City. This is just goes to show how Montgomery has always been a place where even in the face of great challenges, in the past and in the present, Montgomerians work together to make our city an exceptional place to live, work and play,” said Mayor Todd Strange.
“These communities are amazing,” said National Civic League President Gloria Rubio-Cortés. “They deserve to be recognized for the great work they are doing to make their communities stronger, healthier and more inclusive. They have found innovative ways of aligning existing programs to achieve greater impact.”
To learn more about the the award read the Montgomery Advertiser’s “All-America Award True Team Effort” article.