The city of Algoma has been named one of 22 finalists for the title of All-America City by the National Civic League.

Algoma is the smallest of the nominees with a population of 3,000; the largest is El Paso, Texas.

The finalist communities are expected to compete June 5-7 in Denver to be recognized as one of 10 All-America Cities for 2020. Each community is expected to bring a team of residents, nonprofit leaders, business representatives, government officials and young people to participate in presentations and workshops for three days in Denver.

The organization’s news release says, in part:

The 2020 spotlight for the Award is efforts focused on inclusive engagement practices that enhance health and well-being for all, and particularly for populations currently experiencing poorer health outcomes. Finalist communities’ presentations will bring their written application to life and demonstrate the positive effects of using equitable engagement strategies to address issues such as promoting mental health, addressing obesity and building stronger neighborhoods.

According to the organization’s website:

Since 1949, the National Civic League has recognized and celebrated the best in American civic innovation with the prestigious All-America City Award. The Award, bestowed yearly on 10 communities (more than 500 in all) recognizes the work of communities in using inclusive civic engagement to address critical issues and create stronger connections among residents, businesses and nonprofit and government leaders.

The 2020 All-America City theme is “Enhancing health and well-being through civic engagement.” The 2020 All-America City Award is focused on celebrating examples of civic engagement practices that advance health and well-being in local communities. We are looking for projects that demonstrate inclusive decision-making processes to enhance health and well-being for all, and particularly for populations currently experiencing poorer health outcomes.