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S.C. has 3 finalists for All-America City

Staff Report //March 26, 2018//

S.C. has 3 finalists for All-America City

Staff Report //March 26, 2018//

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South Carolina had three entires among the 20 finalists for the 2018 All-America City awards, the flagship program of the National Civic League.

Columbia, Kershaw County and Mount Pleasant made the list. Columbia has been a winner in the program in 1951 and 1964. Mount Pleasant won in 2010.

The awards are given to communities "using inclusive civic engagement to address critical issues and create stronger connections among residents, businesses and nonprofit and government leaders," according to the civic league.

Ten winners will be announced after the finalists compete June 22-24 in Denver. The program’s spotlight this year was “Promoting Equity Through Inclusive Civic Engagement.”

“All-America City finalist status speaks volumes about the charming, cosmopolitan, entrepreneurial and community focus of our beautiful city,” Columbia City Manager Teresa Wilson said in a news release. “Columbia epitomizes the character and spirit that any American holds dear for the community in which he or she lives. We are honored to be recognized.”

 The program was established in 1949. Previous S.C. winners are:

  • Mount Pleasant (2010)
  • Richland County (2006)
  • Georgetown County (2005)
  • Orangeburg County (2005)
  • Anderson County (2000)
  • Aiken (1997)
  • Hartsville (1996)
  • Charleston (1977-78)
  • Rock Hill (1969)
  • Florence (1965)
  • Columbia (1951, 1964)

“These finalist communities are building local capacity to solve problems and improve their quality of life,” National Civic League President Doug Linkhart said. “The National Civic League is honored to recognize these communities.”