On Sunday, the National Civic League announced the winners of the 2019 All-America City Award and Battle Creek was one of ten winning cities.

Their win was accredited to addressing community needs by developing programs such as Operation Fit to combat childhood obesity, the CIT program to train officers on mental health and the School Behavioral Health Collaborative, which supports the social and emotional well-being of children. Each of the winning communities demonstrated civic engagement practices uniting members of the community to collectively and collaboratively help solve the most pressing and complex issues in the United States.

The AAC finalists each provided a community presentation to the awards jury panel over the weekend, which then selected the winners. Community presentations included skits, music, spoken word, dancing and heartfelt stories to bring their projects and communities to life.

“Congratulations to all winning communities and finalists! Each winner leveraged civic engagement, inclusiveness and innovation to successfully address challenges facing their communities. These communities serve as examples to others facing similar issues and provide hope that collaboration among community leaders, elected officials and concerned residents will help communities of all sizes tackle complex issues.” - Doug Linkhart, President of National Civic League