Oregon Heritage All-Star Community | 2012
"The Oregon Heritage All-Star program is a way to recognize communities that make the most of their heritage resources. Oregon Heritage created a list of heritage related criteria by which the program can be measured.
A Heritage All-Star Community meets 15 of the 20 criteria. To receive designation the community must apply to Oregon Heritage Commission. The application is reviewed by Oregon Heritage staff and the designation is approved by the Oregon Heritage Commission." ~ State of Oregon
All-America City Award | 1968 & 2004
"The National Civic League recognizes ten communities each year for outstanding civic accomplishments. To win, each community must demonstrate innovation, inclusiveness, civic engagement, and cross sector collaboration by describing successful efforts to address pressing local challenges.
More than 600 communities have won the award, some as many as five times. All-America Cities have shown the ability to innovate in such areas as job creation, neighborhood revitalization, crime reduction, new housing for low income people, improving education, and engaging youth.
The award program was founded in 1949 when a newspaper reporter approached the National Civic League (then known as the National Municipal League) with the idea of naming the 10 best governed cities each year. Instead, the league created a program that recognized cities for civic achievements.
Today the award competition is open to neighborhoods, towns, cities, counties and metropolitan regions. In their applications, AAC finalists briefly tell their community stories, list two of their most pressing challenges and three outstanding community projects. The award program culminates in a three-day event where community delegations tell their stories of successful change to a national jury of business, nonprofit, and local government experts. All-America Cities benefit by increasing community pride, networking with civic activists from across the country and gaining national recognition. The AAC designation has helped communities win grants and new resources and attract new employers."
~ National Civic League