The All-America City Award is given each year to recognize outstanding examples of community problem solving, civic engagement, and collaboration between the public, profit, and nonprofit sectors.
The following local governments with ICMA member managers were named 2012 All-America Cities by the National Civic League:
Dubuque, Iowa, Michael Van Milligen, city manager
Marshalltown, Iowa, Randy Wetmore, city administrator
Roanoke, Virginia, Christopher Morrill, city manager
San Antonio, Texas, Sheryl Sculley, city manager
Southern Pines, North Carolina, Reagan Parsons, town manager
Springfield, Massachusetts, Lee Erdmann, chief administrative and financial officer
This year the award had a special focus: applicants were asked to develop comprehensive plans to bridge the reading gap between at-risk students and other learners. Each of the recognized communities submitted a Community Solutions Action Plan that included a broad cross-section of local partners, including schools, foundations, community service organizations, businesses, and faith groups detailing how they would address school readiness, attendance, and summer learning. More than 30 finalist communities were selected through a peer review process from a field of more than 100 entries from across the country.