Franklin has been named one of 20 finalists for the 2020 All America City Award by the National Civic League (NCL) based on an application prepared jointly by the City of Franklin and Franklin Tomorrow.
As a finalist, Franklin will later this month be presenting via Zoom to a panel of judges to tell Franklin’s story to compete to be one of the 10 winners of the All-America City Award.
The City of Franklin and Franklin Tomorrow will be supporting its presentation by promoting a social media campaign. Franklin Tomorrow and the City of Franklin are asking citizens to make a short video about why they love being a Franklinite or what makes Franklin an All-American city. If you want to participate, be sure to tag Franklin Tomorrow and the City of Franklin and add the hashtag #Franklinite and #AAC2020.
Franklin Tomorrow has also created a Facebook frame to help promote the event. To find the frame go to facebook.com/profilepicframes and search for “Proud Franklinite”.
The award, given to 10 communities each year, shines a spotlight on the incredible work taking place in communities across the country. The award is open to all American communities, from major cities, counties and regions to tribes, towns and villages. The 2020 All-America City theme is “Enhancing health and well-being through civic engagement” and is focused on celebrating examples of citizen-driven civic engagement practices that advance health and well-being in local communities.
The application to NCL highlighted many of the initiatives by the City of Franklin and various organizations that promote the health and well-being of citizens. Specific examples spotlighted include Franklin Tomorrow’s On The Table and Engage Franklin, Get Fit Franklin, Mayor Moore’s Blue Ribbon Panel, and The Fuller Story. Each of these initiatives showcase what Franklin and its citizens are doing to promote health, both physical and mental, and how the community has come together to enhance the well-being of the people who work, live, and raise a family in Franklin.
As a finalist, a group of individuals will represent the City as we compete to become one of the 10 All-America City Winners. Franklin’s presentation will be live via Zoom on August 19 and details of how to watch the presentations live will be shared on the All-America City Facebook page.
Other finalists are Algoma, Wisc.; Aurora, Colo.; Belleville, Ill.; Danville, Va.; Douglasville, Ga.; El Paso, Texas; Harlingen, Texas; Highland Park, Ill.; Hopkinsville, Ky.; Logansport, Ind.; Mason City, Iowa; Miami Gardens, Fla.; Muncie, Ind.; Pitt County, N.C.; Portsmouth, Ohio; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; Roanoke, Va.; Rochester, N.Y.; Sumter, S.C.; and Topeka, Kan. For more on AAC Award visit: nationalcivicleague.org/america-city-award/