The National Civic League has announced that, in recognition of its work to promote equity through inclusive civic engagement, the City of Tacoma has been named one of 20 finalists for the 2018 All-America City Award. The city had previously won the All-America City Award, the country’s oldest community recognition program, in 1956, 1984 and 1998.
“It is an honor for the City of Tacoma to be named a finalist for this prestigious award this year,” said Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards. “Our incredible strength comes, in part, from the importance we place in making value-driven, community-informed decisions. The development of the city’s Tacoma2025 strategic visioning framework, which provides overarching direction for the city’s progress over the next decade, was fueled by this collaborative, inclusive approach and equity emerged as one of our major focus areas in this process.”
Among Tacoma’s recent achievements in the area of equity are its community-focused Project Peace initiative; the partnerships it established to bring Latino Town Halls to the community; its commitment to being a Welcoming City; and its partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce to establish the only municipally housed Minority Business Development Agency Business Center in the country.
“The idea of equity is deeply embedded in the desire that our community members have to see racial fairness and social justice reflected across all public programs,” said Office of Equity and Human Rights Director Diane Powers. “The City of Tacoma’s Equity and Empowerment Initiative, and the Office of Equity and Human Rights, were born out of the city’s efforts to improve service delivery to the community while making Tacoma a more inclusive and accessible place to live, work, play, visit and do business.”
This year marks the 69th anniversary of the All-American City Award, which recognizes communities who work together to identify and tackle community-wide challenges and achieve uncommon results. Each year, 10 communities are selected as All-America Cities.
The All-America City Award is a program of the National Civic League, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in 1894 that advances civic engagement to create equitable, thriving communities.