Happy Anniversary!  

125 years ago this month a hundred civic leaders came together in Philadelphia to form what was then known as the National Municipal League. Concerned about the dysfunction of local government, leaders like Theodore Roosevelt, Louis Brandeis, Marshall Field and Frederick Law Olmstead set the course for over a century of work to strengthen civic capital--the collective capacity of local government and community members to build thriving, equitable communities. Join us as we celebrate 125 years of progress in local governance!

President, National Civic League
125 Examples of 
Civic Capital 
In honor of our 125th Anniversary, we will be using our newsletter to highlight 125 community initiatives that use civic capital to solve problems and build equitable, thriving communities. These cities have been recognized for engaging community members in collaborative efforts to improve education, health care, economic prosperity and the general quality of life. 
Today, the first ten.
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Health Equity Award
The National Civic League believes that to achieve health equity we must the challenges, aspirations, barriers and realities of the community. The League's Health Equity Award recognizes individuals who are leveraging engagement to improve health outcomes for those most impacted by health disparities. In addition to national recognition, the winner receives a $3,000 prize. 
How the League Contributes to 'Net Zero' Commitment 
One key focus area of the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit was a commitment to constructing and renovating buildings to be 'net zero.' This building standard entails designing an energy efficient building and addressing remaining energy needs with renewable energy sources such as solar. Learn how the League is doing its part through a partnership to advance solar energy. 

Elected officials share successes, challenges with public engagement
What's the value of public input and how do we navigate the pluses and minuses? This was the topic for a group of mayors and other elected officials during a forum hosted by the Kettering Foundation and organized by the League. One conclusion: engaging the public is not always easy nor does it always result in achieving governmental goals. 

All-America City Award Celebrates 70th 
Anniversary in 2019!
All-America Cities is 70 years old! In 1949 it was George Gallup who suggested that, since there was an All-America football team, there should also be All-America Cities.  This year's All-America City awards will include a one-day conference, during which we will highlight the successes of the 537 communities named as All-America Cities during the past 69 years.   Read more

Webinar: Addressing Addiction on a Community-Wide Level
Join the National Civic League for an upcoming webinar,"Addressing Addiction on a Community-Wide Level," on January 10th. Two communities will discuss their local intervention programs to address drug and/or alcohol abuse. Beaverton, OR will discuss their B-SOBR program and Hamilton County, OH will overview their  Hamilton County Heroin Coalition.  Register here
Additional Information & Upcoming Events

All-America City Awards & Conference Workshop Proposals
The National Civic League invites proposals for workshops to be held June 21-22, 2019. The topics of the proposed workshops should be aligned with the event theme and relevant to the audience. 
Learn more and submit your proposal by January 15, 2019. 

2019 All-America City Award Application
This year's theme is "Creating Healthy Communities Through Inclusive Civic Engagement." 
Learn more and apply by March 6, 2019. 

All-America City Hall of Fame Project Application
To celebrate the Award's 70th anniversary and continue recognizing the great work of All-America Cities, the National Civic League has created a Hall of Fame Award to recognize an outstanding civic engagement initiative in the community since winning the All-America City Award. 

Winter 2019 Policy Meeting (Mayors Innovation Project)
January 25-26, 2019 in Washington, DC

ASPA 2019 Annual Conference
March 8-12, 2019 in Washington, DC

Congressional City Conference (National League of Cities)
March 10-13, 2019 in Washington, DC

Forum 2019 (National Forum for Black Public Administrators)
April 3-7, 2019 in Orlando, FL

Thank you to National Civic League Sustaining Member  Cities and Towns:

Asheboro, NC
Aurora, CO
Chula Vista, CA
Decatur, GA
Denver, CO
Dublin, CA
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Illinois Municipal League
Gladstone, MO
Hayward, CA
Lakewood, CO
Little Rock, AR
Rancho Cordova, CA
Roanoke, VA
San Antonio, TX
Tallahassee, FL
Tampa Housing Authority
Tupelo, MS
Thank you to National Civic League Partner Organizations:

American Society for Public Administration
Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation
Delta Dental
Government Finance Officers Association
Greenberg Traurig
International City / County Management Association
Kaiser Permanente
Kettering Foundation
National Coalition on Dialogue and Deliberation
National League of Cities
National Forum for Black Public Administrators
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Southwest Airlines
United Way Worldwide
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

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