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Letter: All-America City finalist congratulations

Posted: June 18, 2018 3:44 p.m.
Updated: June 19, 2018 1:00 a.m.

As president of the National Civic League, I am thrilled to personally congratulate Kershaw County on being selected as a finalist for the All-America City Awards. Kershaw County has shown its ability to involve all parts of the community in decision-making and efforts to improve equity when it comes to quality of life and opportunities for good health and prosperity for all.

The All-America City awards were created in 1949 by George Gallup and others to celebrate a “Super Bowl for cities.”  Each year, 10 communities receive this recognition for inclusive civic engagement to address critical issues and create stronger connections among residents, businesses and nonprofit and government leaders. I’ve never experienced such a powerful sense of hope, unity and engagement as I have with the nominations for the All-America City Awards.

Like many local communities across the nation, Kershaw County is showing that important and innovative work to address critical issues still takes place at the local level. The local level stands in contrast to the federal level, which has seen many years of conflict and slow progress on many of the nation’s toughest challenges.

When we reviewed the applications from across the country, Kershaw County stood out because residents, business owners, elected officials and school and community leaders have embraced the changing faces of its rapidly growing community, balancing its rural past and suburban future while building programs to ensure equity in healthcare, education and economic growth.

The collaborative nature of developing Vision Kershaw 2030 led to a successful 32 outreach events and surveys to gather information from all sections of the community. The two additional submitted projects also demonstrated the county’s commitment to inclusive civic engagement and equity -- LiveWell Kershaw to improve the health outcomes of residents and Safe Schools/Healthy Students. You can learn more about Kershaw County’s projects at

Again, congratulations on being a finalist, and we look forward to your presentation at our awards competition on June 23-24! You should be proud of your good work, and we look forward to sharing it with the rest of the nation.


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