Fort Lauderdale All-America City Award

Fort Lauderdale All-America City Award Winner

Fort Lauderdale captures The All-America City Award. Fort Lauderdale is one of ten cities in the U.S to win this award. Fort Lauderdale All-America City Award Winner

Fort Lauderdale All America Award Winner was announced at the Nation Civic League conference  June 2014 in Denver, Colorado in. The All America City Award was founded in 1949 and recognizes recognizes cities, counties, towns, neighborhoods, and metropolitan areas across the country for outstanding community-based problem solving in addition to civic engagement efforts that involve public, private, and non-profit entities.

“We are honored to be one of only 10 communities nationwide selected as a Fort Lauderdale All-America City ,” said Fort Lauderdale Mayor John P. “Jack” Seiler. “Our Citywide Vision and Strategic Plan reflect our commitment to working in partnership with our neighbors to address challenges and develop transformative solutions to move our City forward. Through bold ideas, innovative partnerships, and passionate civic engagement, we are building community, enhancing quality of life, and making Fort Lauderdale an outstanding place to live, work, play, visit, and raise a family. I would like to congratulate our staff, our neighbors, and all of our community builders on this tremendous accomplishment!”

The three major accomplishments involved in the decision of choosing the Fort Lauderdale All-America City Award were:

The Dillard Innovation Zone Promise Neighborhood is a program of the Broward Regional Health Planning Council (BRHPC).  The group is growing community and business involvements to support school improvement, health service interventions, mentoring, enhanced classroom technology, reading and literacy initiatives at Dillard Elementary School and finding solutions to revitalize a neighborhood in need.

The redevelopment of Flagler Village, a downtown neighborhood that has been transformed from an abandoned warehouse district into a vibrant center for arts and culture. The rehabilitated  area contains many unique businesses. There is a master puppeteer, media and photography company, event planning and marketing business, advertising agency, theater troupe, and an innovative landscape architecture firm. Flagler Village’s popular monthly Art Walks are a part of the neighborhood’s vision and urban lifestyle, as well as a strong sign of the area’s rebirth.

Northwest Gardens, is located the City’s Northwest Community Redevelopment Area. The area is a model affordable housing project that features social, environmental, health, engagement, and economic sustainability. The City of Fort Lauderdale Housing Authority  is in partnership with community members, private sector developers, and non-profit organizations, Northwest Gardens was the first LEED-ND Certified Neighborhood in Florida. The project promotes healthy living by providing residents with places to walk and bike safely, community gardens and fruit trees, energy efficient housing, solar streetlights, self-sufficiency training, job training, and cultural activities.

Fort Lauderdale was also recently ranked #1 in Florida and #3 in the nation; a wheelchair tennis program at George English Park; a walking club at Carter Park; and the hundreds of sports, programs, and community activities that have taken place during the past year at the new Orange Bowl Field at Carter Park.

The other nine cities honored are:

  • Montgomery, Alabama
  • San Pablo, California
  • Brush, Colorado
  • Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Chelsea, Massachusetts
  • Independence, Oregon
  • Brownsville, Texas
  • Hampton, Virginia
  • Eau Clare, Wisconsin

I am a Fort Lauderdale Realtor involved in Fort Lauderdale Real Estate Sales. I am very honored and proud to be living in a city to win an award of this magnitude. Fort Lauderdale is a very special place with great diversity, innovations, activities and  good intentions.