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(6/17/06) Sierra Madre is a Finalist in National Civic League 2006 All-America City Award Competition 


The National Civic League crowned the 2006 winners of the coveted All-America Cities Award - the nation's longest running and most prestigious civic recognition program.   The All-America City Award encourages and recognizes civic excellence, honoring communities in which citizens, government, business and nonprofit organizations demonstrate successful resolution of critical community issues. Since 1949, more than 4,000 communities have competed and nearly 500 have been designated All-America Cities.  In this year’s competition, more than 600 communities vied for the award, with Sierra Madre ending up as one of 28 finalists, and the only finalist from Southern California.  The 28 Finalists participated in a final round of the All-America City competition in Anaheim, California, June 9-11. Each delegation presented three innovative community programs to a nine-person jury. Their presentations addressed a wide range of social and community issues, including youth, education, poverty, affordable housing, race relations, and others. 


“It was inspirational because all of the cities were bursting with pride in their own cities, and we had a story to tell just as they did.  Smaller communities often face daunting challenges...All of the cities were trying to show a can do spirit, and the presentations of all of the cities were representations of that ‘yes we can’ spirit.  It was not only a good chance to show off Sierra Madre, but a great opportunity to get some good ideas” said Mayor John Buchanan.  Added City Council member Joe Mosca, part of the City’s delegation in the finals in Anaheim: "Being an All-American finalist is a huge feat and one that was only possible because of the amazingly talented people that call this community home and because of our tradition in coming together as a family to solve the issues facing our community.  I am extremely proud to be a Sierra Madrean and honored to represent the people of Sierra Madre."  A reception will be held on Tuesday, June 20, to celebrate the City’s placement as a finalist in this national competition.  The reception will take place in City Hall prior to the special Joint Study Session of the City Council and the Planning Commission, from 5:30 to 6:30pm.  The public is invited and encouraged to attend.  The winning communities for 2006 are (in alphabetical order by state):


  • Lincoln, California

  • Longmont, Colorado

  • Sarasota County, Florida

  • Marietta, Georgia

  • Kansas City, Missouri

  • Columbus, Ohio

  • Maumee, Ohio

  • Richland County, South Carolina

  • DeSoto, Texas

  • Pharr, Texas


The other Finalist communities that competed for the 2006 All-America City title are (in alphabetical order by state):


  • Modesto, California

  • Salinas, California

  • Sierra Madre, California

  • Golden, Colorado

  • Braselton, Georgia

  • Hawarden, Iowa

  • Park Forest, Illinois

  • Schaumburg, Illinois

  • Lewiston, Maine

  • Cape Girardeau, Missouri

  • Ogdensburg, New York

  • Fairview Park, Ohio

  • Durant, Oklahoma

  • Harrisburg, Oregon

  • Sherwood, Oregon

  • Charleston, South Carolina

  • North Augusta, South Carolina

  • Lancaster, Texas

  • Layton City, Utah

  • Pacific, Washington


"All of these Finalist communities are winners, or they wouldn't have been asked to join us in Anaheim. They are already serving as role models for the rest of the country," said Christopher T. Gates, president of the National Civic League. "They are tackling a variety of community challenges in a collaborative way that involves citizens, businesses, local government, and nonprofit organizations. That's what this award is all about - showing communities across America how to work together to overcome obstacles and achieve tangible results."  George H. Gallup, one of the award's founders, described the program as "...a Nobel prize for constructive citizenship." As such, communities that have won the All-America City Award have realized numerous benefits, including national recognition, enhanced community pride, and additional community partnerships. Many All-America City Award winners also have realized significant economic impacts, including new grants, improved bond ratings, increased tourism, and private investment.  The National Civic League (NCL) is one of the leading proponents of citizen democracy in the United States. It was founded in 1894 by Theodore Roosevelt and other government reformers. NCL is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to building community and promoting political reform at the local level. NCL accomplishes its mission through facilitating community processes and conducting and publishing research on political reform and community building. Through its All-America City Award program, NCL recognizes community engagement efforts across the nation, while encouraging other communities to follow the examples of All-America Cities and Finalists. For more information, visit

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