posted on June 18, 2007
Dubuque, Iowa was one of 10 communities to earn the 2007 All-America City award title, the oldest and most prestigious civic recognition competition in the United States. Communities from all over the country participated in the two-day event, which was held at the Anaheim Marriott in Orange County, Calif.
“Dubuque is honored and elated to be named an All-America City,” said Dubuque Mayor Roy D. Buol. “We are very proud to accept this prestigious award on behalf of the many remarkable volunteers, agencies and organizations that put service above self to turn challenges into opportunities for community growth and progress. This award, simply stated, pays tribute to the spirit of collaboration and tradition of partnerships that have become the hallmark of Dubuque’s vision and success.”
“These All-America cities symbolize the spirit of grassroots democracy and community problem solving,” said Gloria Rubio-Cortés, president and CEO of the Denver-based nonprofit organization that awards communities for outstanding civic accomplishments. “Their award-winning efforts addressed some of the most difficult challenges facing communities today.”
Dubuque joins the following communities in receiving the recognition: Flowing Wells, Ariz. (neighborhood); Santa Rosa, Calif.; Sierra Madre, Calif.; Hollywood, Fla.; Polk County, Fla.; Lewiston, Maine; Barnstable, Mass.; Clinton, NC; and Hickory, NC.
After an extensive application/screening process, each finalist community sent a delegation of civic activists to present three examples of collaborative community problem solving. A “jury” of experts on local government and community affairs selected the 10 winners based on their stories of positive community change. The winners were selected in part for their ability to engage a broad cross section of the community, including youth, business leaders, elected officials, city staff and nonprofit groups in civic dialogues leading to tangible results.
To learn more about Dubuque being named an All-American City, click here (in PDF format).