Given to 10 communities each year, the award celebrates and recognizes neighborhoods, villages, towns, cities, counties, tribes and metro regions that have engaged residents in innovative, inclusive and effective efforts to tackle challenges.
“Being named a finalist for the All-America City Award is a great honor,” said Town Manager Gilbert Davidson. “Communities that have won this award are the types that we aspire to be.”
A team representing Marana will join residents, non-profit, business and government leaders from the other finalist communities in Denver from June 12-14. The event gives communities the chance to connect and share insights with other innovative communities and opportunities to learn from national leaders in the field of civic engagement and innovation. Each community will then present the story of their work to a jury of nationally recognized civic leaders.
“Community partners are the key to our success,” said Mayor Ed Honea. “They make our town complete.”
Marana is the only Arizona city or town to be named a finalist. The Town was also a finalist in 2008.
Other finalists are Carson, Calif.; Salinas, Calif.; Stockton, Calif.; North Lauderdale, Fla.; Orlando, Fla.; Tallahassee, Fla.; Quincy, Ill.; Somerville, Mass.; Tupelo, Miss.; Geneva, N.Y.; Asheboro, N.C.; Marshall, Texas; Petersburg, Va.; Spokane, Wash. and Yakima, Wash.
The All-America City Award has been given annually since 1949.