The City of Montrose has been identified as one of only 10 cities across the United States to be selected as an “All America City” by the National Civic League. Montrose joins Birmingham, Alabama, Downey, California, Peoria, Illinois, Dubuque, Iowa, Owensboro, Kentucky, Dunn, North Carolina, Garner, North Carolina, Thomasville, North Carolina, and Norfolk, Virginia in the distinction.
Montrose Mayor Judy Ann Files says the city was a perfect fit for this year’s criteria of helping veterans and pursuing economic development.
All-America City Awards recognize local action through community-based problem-solving and civic engagement efforts involving the public, private and nonprofit sectors. The designation gives the winning communities “bragging rights” than can help them recruit new businesses, increase jobs and obtain grants for community betterment projects in the future.
Once described by pollster George Gallup as a “Nobel Prize” for civic accomplishment, the awards have been given to more than 600 communities since its inception in 1949. Some have won it as many as five and six times. Not just cities, but neighborhoods, towns, counties and metropolitan regions can apply for the prestigious award.
This year, the program is spotlighting community-wide initiatives that honor and benefit veterans and military families.