Cottonwood Heights competes for national award in Kansas City

Cottonwood Heights competes for national award in Kansas City
Posted on 07/06/2011

If you follow Cottonwood Heights on Facebook or Twitter, you may have noticed a lot of discussion about Kansas City, MO and the All-America City Award. What do those things have to do with our city?

This year, Cottonwood Heights applied to the National Civic League to be considered for the All-America City Award, which honors communities for outstanding civic accomplishments.

In our application, we discussed three areas in which our city has taken a proactive stance: the protection of open space and trails through sound land-use policies, support of our youth through the formation of the Cottonwood Heights Youth City Council, and our efforts to make sure the city and its residents are prepared in the event of a large-scale disaster.

In April, we were notified that our city was one of 23 national finalists for this prestigious award—and the only finalist from Utah. We were asked to bring a delegation from our community to Kansas City in order to give a presentation to and answer questions from the organization’s jury, who would then choose 10 cities to receive the award.

Our delegation, which consisted of members of the community, youth from the YCC, former and current city councilmen, and members of the city’s staff and police department, traveled to Kansas City in mid-June, ready to show what makes our city great.

Though we were not chosen to receive the All-America City Award this year, the National Civic League expressed admiration at the positive things Cottonwood Heights has been able to accomplish in its six years in existence. It was a great opportunity to visit with delegates from other communities across the nation and bring home ideas about how to make our city even better. We are honored to have been nominated.

We congratulate the ten recipients of the 2011 All-America City Award: South Bend, IN; Dublin, CA; Fort Worth, TX; Fayetteville, NC; Scott City, KS; Kenai, AK; Belleville, IL; Tupelo, MS; Eden, NC; and Lakewood, CO.

We also recognize the members of our city’s delegation and all of the great residents of Cottonwood Heights that made this nomination possible. Thank you!