South Bend named All-America City finalist
South Bend has been named a finalist in the National Civic League’s 60th annual All-America City Competition.
South Bend is among 32 finalists for the award, which includes two other Indiana cities, Richmond and Fort Wayne. The 10 winning cities will be announced at the All-America City Awards Competition on June 17 to 19 in Tampa, Fla.
The competing cities each completed an application that highlighted three community projects that address local challenges such as job creation/economic development, environmental sustainability, neighborhood revitalization and disaster recovery.
South Bend’s projects include northeast neighborhood redevelopment such as Eddy Street Commons, the We Can! initiative to address childhood obesity and city efforts to streamline government services.
“The All-America City Award is like a civic ‘Oscar’ for communities of all sizes,” said Gloria Rubio-Cortes, National Civic League president. “It’s unique because it recognizes the efforts of entire communities. All-America Cities demonstrate inclusiveness, collaboration, civic engagement and innovation.”
South Bend was selected as an All-America City in 1967 and this year’s entry was the first by the city in at least 12 years.
“This is a very exciting time to be living in South Bend, not simply because of this national recognition but because of the great partnerships in this community — public and private, commercial and residential, university and nonprofit — that demonstrate the collaboration, civic engagement and innovation of the All-America City award,” Mayor Steve Luecke said.
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