Marquette not selected for All-America award

MARQUETTE – The city of Marquette was not selected to be an All-America City Award by the National Civic League Sunday in Denver.The league awarded All-America City status to: Montgomery, Alabama; San Pablo, California; Brush!, Colorado; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Chelsea, Massachusetts; Independence, Oregon; Brownsville, Texas; Hampton, Virginia; and Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Marquette was one of the 25 finalists for the award. A contingent of city staff and other community members made a presentation to a jury of civic experts over the weekend.

Marquette Assistant City Manager Kyle Whitney said in an email, “While it would have been nice to be named one of 10 winners of the All-America City Award, the real benefit came from the process. Our delegation had the opportunity to share a sampling of the great things happening in Marquette and we heard firsthand about some of the best projects and partnerships from around the country.

“Locally, this process allowed a group of Marquette area residents the chance to see how deeply connected all aspects of our community truly are.”

The criteria for winning an All-America City Award include impact, inclusiveness, public engagement and collaboration by the private, public and nonprofit sectors, according to the league. The focus this year was on healthy communities.

“These communities are amazing,” said NCL President Gloria Rubio-Cortes in a news release. “They deserve to be recognized for the great work they are doing to make their communities stronger, healthier and more inclusive.”

Christie Bleck can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250.