Danville awarded with distinction of ‘All-America City’

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DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) – On Wednesday night, the National Civic League officially named Danville as being a 2020 All-America City.

Danville is one of only 10 communities across the country to receive the distinction which is awarded annually to recognize communities that are tackling critical challenges.

The announcement was made on Wednesday, Aug. 19, during an awards ceremony that was held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This award affirms our commitment to reimagining the community in which we live. We are a city that acknowledges our challenges. We embrace those challenges by forming partnerships to bring about change. Together, we learn from others, build frameworks, and plant seeds.”

Alonzo Jones, Danville Mayor

Danville’s All-America City application spotlighted three health equity efforts which included the Fit Mobile program, the work of the Danville Youth Health Equity Leadership Institute (YHELI), and the Community Health Worker Initiative.

Back in March, Danville was named one of the top 20 finalists for the award.

In June, Danville representatives were invited to Denver to compete for the award, but that event was ultimately canceled due to the pandemic. Instead, Danville, and the other finalists, participated in a virtual conference where cities made their final pitches.

The other cities joining Danville for the distinction of being an All-America City include Algoma, Wisconsin; El Paso, Texas; Frankin, Tennessee; Miami Gardens, Florida; Muncie, Indiana; Portsmouth, Ohio; Rochester, New York; Pitt County, North Carolina; and Rancho Cucamonga, California.

Danville also won an award for the best use of social media during a the virtual conference.

For more information on the distinction, click here.

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