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‘All America City’ is a great achievement

A recent letter writer stated that the “An All America City” signs that greet everyone who passes through the greater Buffalo Niagara Region say nothing about us.

In 1994, an all-volunteer committee first began the work to have our region, city and county recognized with the All America City honor, our nation’s oldest and most prestigious civic recognition award, given by the National Civic League. Since then we have been named finalists six times and have won the award twice, in 1996 and again in 2002. Buffalo is one of only 10 communities nationwide that have earned the lifetime distinction of being named an All America City.

This award is given to communities that reflect the citizens’ desire for an active role in shaping and sustaining our community’s future and is all about collaboration, inclusion and civic responsibility. In its simplest form, being an All America City means that our community realizes the great potential of our democracy to move us all forward, and has proven that citizens, businesses, governments and non-profits can work together for the benefit of the entire community.

As we prepare our application for this year’s All America City award, we are poised to tell the story once again, of how Buffalo comes together through engaged citizens to move our community forward. This year marks the 20th year our committee has worked for this recognition, visible to most as roadway signs, but to those engaged and active citizens, a proud badge of honor.

Philip L. Haberstro

Co-founder, Buffalo’s All America

City Award Committee