Recognizing “communities that leverage civic engagement, collaboration, inclusiveness, and innovation to successfully address local issues,” the National Civic League has been awarding U.S. Cities with their All-America City Award for years. This year, the City of Cornelius becomes the tenth city in Oregon (and the first in the last 2 years since Lane County was given the award in 2017) to receive this honor.
Focused on creating a healthy and welcoming community, Cornelius received praise for its response to its changing demographics and striving to bring its citizens together. One example of this is the city’s downtown redevelopment program, which saw a new library and learning center built, as well as reform brought to the police department and a plan to maximize the city’s economic growth.
Other ways that Cornelius has fought to become a city of inclusiveness is by creating more events and opportunities for residents to come together, such as at the community Thanksgiving dinner, the Holiday tree lighting, Spanish speaking town halls, a Veteran’s Day event, Cornelius clean up day, and flicks and concerts in the Park.
Prior cities in Oregon that have received the All-America City award include: Albany (1984,1985), Cottage Grove (1968,2004), Eugene (1969), Grants Pass (1986), Independence (2014), Lane County (2017), Milton-Freewater (1961), Portland (1980), and Salem (1960,1983).
If you were nominating a city for this award for 2020, what city would you nominate and why?