Happy Interdependence Day!
COVID 19 certainly showed how people and their health are interconnected around the globe. The social isolation that came with it also showed how our connections to each other are important. The League held a webinar recently on Improving Equity and Resilience by Reducing Social Isolation. Other resources for addressing social isolation and building social connections include the Well-Being Trust, National Institute on Aging and the League’s resource page
 
President, National Civic League
Congratulations, 2021
All-America Cities!
Workshop and Keynote Recordings Available
Schools as a
Community Catalyst
The League congratulates the ten communities selected as 2021 All-America Cities! Following a year of unprecedented challenges, these communities demonstrated the ways that they’ve been able to build equity and resilience through collaborative problem-solving. From June 7-9, all 20 of the All-America City finalists displayed the strength of their civic capital and described three community-based projects during a virtual presentation to a jury of national experts.

The 72nd annual All-America City Awards featured pre-recorded workshops on equity and resilience, as well as three terrific keynote speakers: Dr. Gail Christopher, Executive Director of the National Collaborative for Health Equity; Honorable Lori Lightfoot, 56th Mayor of Chicago, IL; and Erika Poethig, Special Assistant to President Biden for Housing and Urban Policy, Domestic Policy Council, The White House. If you couldn't tune in live for their remarks, watch them here.
"While the core function of schools is learning – educating the population and preparing students to thrive as effective citizens – communities can leverage schools to address a variety of needs and make progress toward their highest aspirations. The following stories show how two Virginia localities have used schools as a catalyst for change and an opportunity to address larger community issues." Learn about the innovative designs of elementary schools in Arlington County and Harrisonburg, VA.
Revitalizing Democracy (starting locally)
Melissa Robinson Receives 2021 Health Equity Award
Youth, Social Media & Other Awards Announced
"To create a robust, functioning network of cities and organizations dedicated to promoting and fortifying democratic participation and civic engagement at a local level." This is the ambitious goal of Democracy Cities, a new initiative spearheaded by Scott Warren, co-founder and former CEO of Generation Citizen, an organization dedicated to encouraging civic education and participation among young people. Read more.
The winner of the 2021 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - National Civic League Health Equity Award is Melissa Robinson, of the Black Health Care Coalition. Robinson is working to center Black experiences in designing health solutions, re-establish National Black Health Week, increase African-American participation in clinical trials, and connect with residents through community engagement.
In addition to celebrating this year's finalists and announcing the ten winners, the 72nd Annual All-America City Awards also recognized winners of the John Parr Youth Leadership Award, Social Media and Online Outreach Award, and Cultural Entertainment and Civic Action Fair competitions. We were inspired by the talent, dedication and community spirit showcased in the entries into the supplemental awards.
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Additional Information and Upcoming Events

National Association of Counties Annual Conference and Exposition
In-person &Virtual
July 9-12, 2021

Government Finance Officers Association's Virtual Conference
July 12-23

Present and Future Threats to American Democracy (Webinar)
July 15, 2021

NCDD Summer Learning Springboard
Monday, July 26th

National Conference of State Legislatures Basecamp
August 3-5, 2021

2021 ICMA Annual Conference
October 3-6, 2021

2020 Census Apportionment Results Announced

NCDD Event Calendar
The calendar lists upcoming events related to dialogue, deliberation, and civic engagement.

COVID-19: Resources for Individuals and Governments

National League of Cities: COVID-19: Local Action Tracker Preview

Now accepting article proposals for National Civic Review
We are interested in 1,200-3,000 word articles. 
The deadline for the fall issue is September 15th. 
Contact mikem@ncl.org for more information. 
What We're Reading
Thank you to National Civic League Sustaining Member Communities:

Algoma, WI
Asheboro, NC
Aurora, CO
Danville, VA
Decatur, GA
Denver, CO
Dublin, CA
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Gladstone, MO
Hayward, CA
Illinois Municipal League
Las Vegas, NV
Miami Gardens, FL
Oakridge Neighborhood, IA
Rancho Cordova, CA
Roanoke, VA
San Antonio, TX
Tallahassee, FL
Tampa Housing Authority
Tupelo, MS
Wichita, KS
Thank you to National Civic League Partner Organizations:

American Society for Public Administration
Bridge Alliance
Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation
CGI
Comcast
Google
Government Finance Officers Association
ICMA-RC
International City / County Management Association
Kettering Foundation
National Academy of Public Administration
National Coalition on Dialogue and Deliberation
National League of Cities
National Forum for Black Public Administrators
Rawson Family Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Southwest Airlines
United States Census Bureau
United Way Worldwide
Well Being Trust
W.K. Kellogg Foundation