Battle Creek, Michigan – June 24, 2019 – The City of Battle Creek was recognized by the National Civic League on June 23 as one of 10 All-America City award winners at the 2019 All-America City Awards in Denver, Colorado. Since 1947, the National Civic League has recognized and celebrated the best in American civic innovation with the prestigious award. Battle Creek was recognized and honored for the City’s work in inclusive civic engagement to address critical issues and create stronger connections among residents, businesses, nonprofits, and government leaders.UPDATE: Now includes the MBN audio interview:
In the days after that award MBN's Jeffrey Mosher spoke with Angela Stewart, Community Initiatives Officer, of Battle Creek Community Foundation, Battle Creek, MI, Battle Creek, Michigan is coming off winning a national award.
In the interview he looks to find out:
• What is the All-America City Award?
• What was involved in the nomination process?
• Can you tell us a little bit about the experience in Denver for the awards this year?
• Who was in the delegation that represented Battle Creek in Denver?
• Can you talk a little bit about the presentation that the Battle Creek delegation did?
• What specifically was Battle Creek recognized for at the awards? What programs were highlighted?
• What does it mean for the City of Battle Creek to be an All-America City Award winner?
• Can you talk a little bit about what it felt like when Battle Creek's name was called as a winner? How did everyone react?
• What does this award win mean for Battle Creek moving forward?
To hear Angela and Jeffrey's conversation about Battle Creek and the All-America City award, click play on the PodCast shared below.
Shared below is the rest of Battle Creek, Michigan's story.
All applicants submitted their community-wide work on creating healthy communities through inclusive civic engagement and three projects for consideration, and the field was narrowed to 20. Throughout the weekend, finalist communities presented their projects and their communities to a jury. Presentations focused on three project examples showing how communities leverage civic engagement, collaboration, inclusiveness and innovation to successfully address local issues. Community presentations included skits, music, spoken word, dancing, and heartfelt stories that brought community projects to life.
Those representing Battle Creek highlighted ways in which the city is addressing community needs by developing programs such as: Operation Fit to combat childhood obesity; CIT program to train officers on mental health; and the School Behavioral Health Collaborative, which supports the social and emotional well-being of children.
Over the last few years, Battle Creek has developed a community vision, born from recent, ongoing projects for positive change. BCVision is a collaborative initiative that has served as the convener to bring together cross-sector relationships in Battle Creek since 2015. With a focus on equitable practices, BCVision’s goal is to create a thriving community where there is equitable opportunity for all community members to have the income, education, and resources they need to be successful.
“Seeing the Battle Creek community rally together behind the All-America City Award nomination has been so exciting,” said Angela Stewart, Community Initiatives Officer at the Battle Creek Community Foundation. “Our team and community knows how amazing Battle Creek is, and to be recognized on a national level is such an honor. We were overwhelmed with joy when we heard our City’s name called.”
BCVision is a community-driven movement for change focused on creating a place where we can all live, work and play. We envision a thriving community for all people, where there is equitable opportunity for residents to have the income, education and resources they need to be successful. There are many ways to get involved in BCVision. Whatever your level of commitment, we have a place for you. To learn more, visit www.battlecreekvision.com. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org call (269) 719-8888. You can also follow BCVision on Facebook, Twitteror Instagram.
About the National Civic League
The National Civic League advances inclusive civic engagement through our community assistance programs, including tools, trainings and facilitation services, our award and recognition programs, and nationally recognized research and publications. We promote efforts that seek to listen to, and to learn from residents in ongoing conversations and leverage those insights to help reshape communities so they will thrive.
The All-America City Award is made possible through the support of Southwest Airlines, the official airline sponsor, Kaiser Permanente, national health partner, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, CGI Communications, Delta Dental, Colorado Health Foundation, Well Being Trust, ICMA-RC, U.S. Census Bureau, Comcast and Greenberg Traurig.
Click here to learn more about the National Civic League and the All-America City Awards.