Franklin, Tennessee, was recognized Aug. 19, 2020, as one of 10 All-America City award winners. The National Civic League presented this honor to recognize Franklin’s work in inclusive civic engagement to address health and well-being and create stronger connections among residents, businesses and nonprofit and government leaders.
“We are happy to designate Franklin as an All-America City. They showed us through their application and presentation that they do a great job of engaging the whole city in enhancing health and well-being,” said Doug Linkhart, President, National Civic League.
All applicants submitted their community-wide work on enhancing health and well-being through inclusive civic engagement and three projects for consideration, and the field was narrowed to 22. This week, finalist communities made presentations virtually to a jury of 11 national thought-leaders, showing how their community leverages civic engagement, collaboration, inclusiveness and innovation to successfully address local issues.
Franklin Tomorrow partnered with the City of Franklin to pursue the award. Franklin has reckoned with its past while preparing for a healthy future by adding plaques about the city’s African-American history to the town square; hosting a series of ‘On The Table’ civic conversations; and getting healthy with ‘Get Fit Franklin.
Franklin seeks to preserve and confront its history while creating an inclusive and shared plan for the future by engaging in dialogue with, and seeking feedback from, all residents.
Franklin is bringing the community together to authentically reflect on its history, even the hardest aspects related to the experiences of African Americans before, during, and after the Civil War. With an eye towards the future, Franklin supports healthy lifestyles for residents of all ages and abilities and seeks to destigmatize mental health issues. Their inclusive approach to addressing the past and planning for the future can be seen in their featured projects.
About Franklin Tomorrow
Franklin Tomorrow is an independent, nonprofit community visioning and engagement organization founded in 2000 by a group of business and community leaders. Its mission is to engage the community, foster collaboration, and advocate for a shared vision for the future of Franklin. Learn more at www.franklintomorrow.org.
About the National Civic League
The National Civic League advances inclusive civic engagement through our community assistance programs, including tools, trainings and facilitation services, our award and recognition programs, and nationally recognized research and publications. We promote efforts that seek to listen to, and to learn from residents in ongoing conversations and leverage those insights to help reshape communities so they will thrive.
The All-America City Award is made possible through the support of Co-Title Sponsors Well Being Trust and Kaiser Permanente, our national health partner, Southwest Airlines, the official airline sponsor, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, CGI Communications, Colorado Health Foundation, ICMA-RC, U.S. Census Bureau, and United Way Worldwide.