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Fort Wayne vying to be named an ‘All-America City’

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — The Fort is competing against several towns to be named an All-America City.

The All-America City Award recognizes communities that use civic engagement, collaboration, inclusiveness and innovation to address local issues.

The City of Fort Wayne submitted its application in February.

The city's application highlighted three community-building projects as examples of its efforts: Riverfront Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne UNITED, and Fort Wayne Community Schools’ Family and Community Engagement Center.

Wednesday at 11:50 a.m., you can watch Fort Wayne give a live presentation to the National Civic League's judging committee.

You can view Fort Wayne's entry in the competition here.

The award, given to 10 communities each year since 1949, celebrates and recognizes villages, cities, counties, tribes and regions that engage residents in innovative, inclusive and effective efforts to tackle critical challenges.

The finalist communities, representing 15 states, range in size from 9,000 residents to over 1.2 million. 

Fort Wayne was named an All-America City in 1983, 1998 and 2009.

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