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Hopkinsville Named 2020 All-America City Finalist, Accepts Nominations for Youth Award

Mayor Wendell Lynch announced the City of Hopkinsville was named a 2020 All-America City Finalist by the National Civic League (NCL).  The award celebrates and recognizes villages, towns, cities, counties, tribes and regions that engage residents in innovative, inclusive and effective efforts to tackle critical challenges.  This year’s program is specifically targeted at highlighting exemplary projects and work to enhance community health and well-being through inclusive civic engagement.

Mayor Lynch extended warm congratulations to those involved in the application process and said, “This award is the result of exciting, strategic collaboration among our entire community.  Specifically, it highlights our efforts as Eclipseville for the 2017 Great American Solar Eclipse, Hoptown-Christian County WINS initiatives, substance abuse recovery efforts of Grace & Mercy, community vision planning, downtown revitalization, community development and much more.”  He added, “The application was a real opportunity to celebrate the spirit of partnership so rich throughout our region.”

One of Only 22 Finalists Named Nationwide

2020 marks Hopkinsville’s first NCL recognition in 56 years after being named an All-America City in 1964.  Only 22 communities in the country, of which Hopkinsville is the 7th smallest, were honored with this prestigious distinction this year.  Cities recognized this year include:

  • Algoma, WI
  • Aurora, CO
  • Belleville, IL
  • Danville, VA
  • Douglasville, GA
  • El Paso, TX
  • Franklin, TN
  • Harlingen, TX
  • Highland Park, IL
  • Hopkinsville, KY
  • Logansport, IN
  • Mason City, IA
  • Miami Gardens, FL
  • Miami Lakes, FL
  • Muncie, IN
  • Pitt County, NC
  • Portsmouth, OH
  • Rancho Cucamonga, CA
  • Roanoke, VA
  • Rochester, NY
  • Sumter, SC
  • Topeka, KS

NCL's President, Doug Linkhart explains the importance of using inclusive civic engagement: "These finalist communities are building healthy communities through collaboration with residents, businesses and other stakeholders.  While many people are concerned about the ability of our nation to improve lives, these communities are showing that great things can happen at the local level."

About the Final Competition

The finalist communities will compete this June to be recognized as one of ten All-America Cities for 2020.  Each community will bring a team of residents, nonprofit leaders, business representatives, government officials and young people to participate in presentations and workshops for three days in Denver, Colorado.

The 2020 spotlight for the Award is efforts focused on inclusive engagement practices that enhance health and well-being for all, and particularly for populations currently experiencing poorer health outcomes. Finalist communities’ presentations will bring their written applications to life and demonstrate the positive effects of using equitable engagement strategies to address issues such as promoting mental health, addressing obesity and building stronger neighborhoods.

Special Youth Award

One special distinction awarded at the final competition is the 2020 All-America City Youth Award.  Hopkinsville and Christian County young people, ages 14 to 25, are invited to submit applications or be nominated for the Youth Award.  The winner, selected from nominees across the country, will receive national recognition through the NCL All-America City Awards website and social media. Hopkinsville’s youth leader must be part of the finalist delegation team.

To indicate your interest, submit a one-page letter or two letters of support by May 9 describing how you:

  1. exemplify the criteria of impact, inclusiveness, innovation, collaboration and civic engagement;
  2. have had an impact on the wider community (i.e. What difference did they make?);
  3. inspire others to get involved and to undertake comparable efforts; and
  4. demonstrate the insight and courage to collaborate across lines that usually divide people.

Youth may nominate themselves or they can be nominated by a community member.  If more than one local nomination is received, Hopkinsville’s All-America City Committee will forward the successful candidate’s information to NCL by May 21, as each All-America City finalist community may only nominate one youth.

Nominees from finalist communities will be interviewed by two national experts during the All-America City Awards. The winner(s) will be announced Sunday night, June 7, 2020, during the event.

For more information about Hopkinsville’s All-America City efforts or to submit a nomination for the Youth Award, please contact Nikki Durham at (270) 890-0215 or