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City of Rancho Cordova Named Finalist for a 2019 All-America City Award
We’re in the running!
The National Civic League has announced that the City of Rancho Cordova is one of 20 communities chosen as a finalist for a 2019 All-America City Award (AAC).
What is the All-America City Award?
The award is seen as the nation’s most prestigious community award and is now in its 70th year. Finalists are chosen from a large field of applicants and represent the diversity of American communities from the largest cities to the smallest towns, and from east to west and north to south.
Why was the City of Rancho Cordova chosen?
This year’s focus was “Creating Healthy Communities through Civic Engagement,” a principal component and central theme that makes Rancho Cordova the city it is today.
“When we thought about what it means to be a healthy community, we were immediately struck by the term ‘healthy,’” said Shelly Blanchard, Executive Director of the Cordova Community Council. “When we looked at Rancho Cordova, what we found was healthy on so many levels—from food to education to caring for others to fun events to civic engagement.”
Representing the true spirit of inclusion and civic engagement that exists in Rancho Cordova, this effort was a partnership between the Cordova Community Council, Soil Born Farms, Mather Veterans Village, Mentees at Cordova High and the City of Rancho Cordova.
“Rancho Cordova is a vibrant community that values diversity, partnerships and fun,” said Cyrus Abhar, City Manager. “Our application brought these values to life through projects and programs that yield healthy food, inspirational educational environments, and supportive housing. We are thrilled to be recognized as a finalist by the National Civic League.”
In June, all 20 finalists will meet in Denver to compete for the chance to be named an All-America City. 2019 finalist communities also include Battle Creek, Michigan; Clinton, North Carolina; Cornelius, Oregon; Doral, Florida Dubuque, Iowa; Edinburg, Texas; El Paso, Texas; Gothenburg, Nebraska; Hallandale Beach, Florida; Houston, Texas; Livingston County, New York; Millcreek, Utah; Mission, Texas; Ontario, California; Pasco, Washington; Rock Hill, South Carolina; San Antonio, Texas; West Hollywood, California; and Wichita, Kansas. Previously, in 2010, Rancho Cordova was named an All-America City.