The National Civic League has named Algoma an All-America City, the smallest of 10 cities so honored in 2020.
The award followed a virtual presentation by each of the 19 finalists, a process that originally had been scheduled in person in Denver on June 5-7.
Community presentations included pre-recorded videos, virtual skits, music, spoken word, dancing and heartfelt stories to bring their projects and communities to life.
This year’s particular focus is on cities who have enhanced health and well-being through civic engagement. Live Algoma, powered by the Algoma School District, was selected to compete and spotlighted three community initiatives: Algoma Wolf Tech, Algoma Community Wellness Center, and Wolf Den.
Projects highlighted by the communities ranged from addressing health disparities through community-driven organizations, to meaningfully engaging residents in finding solutions to issues such as homelessness, mental illness, immigration, nutrition and obesity, environmental sustainability, and disease prevention.
“Each winner leveraged civic engagement, inclusiveness and innovation to successfully address challenges facing their communities,” said Doug Linkhart, president of National Civic League. “These communities serve as examples to others facing similar issues and provide hope that collaboration among community leaders, elected officials and concerned residents will help communities of all sizes tackle complex issues.”
This year’s other All-America Cities are Danville, Virginia; El Paso, Texas; Franklin, Tennessee; Miami Gardens, Florida; Muncie, Indiana; Pitt County, North Carolina; Portsmouth, Ohio; Rancho Cucamonga, California; and Rochester, New York.
For more information about the cities and their projects, visit www.nationalcivicleague.org/2020-finalists/.