Columbia selected as finalist in 2018 All-America City Awards
Mar 23, 2018

The City of Columbia has been named one of 20 finalists nationwide for the 2018 All-America City Awards. The finalists will compete June 22-24 in Denver to be recognized among the 10 annual All-America City winners. 


The All-America City Awards is the flagship program of the National Civic League. Its spotlight this year was “Promoting Equity through Inclusive Civic Engagement.”


“These finalist communities are building local capacity to solve problems and improve their quality of life,” said National Civic League President Doug Linkhart in announcing the finalists. “The National Civic League is honored to recognize these communities, and views their efforts as critical in addressing the challenge to communities issued by the 1968 Kerner Commission ‘To make good the promises of American democracy to all citizens --- urban and rural, white, black, Spanish surname, American Indians, and every minority group.’ ”


“In our 2036 vision for Columbia, we set out to create a world-class city that not only harbors resilient municipal infrastructure but also harbors a strong community of human infrastructure,” said Mayor Steve Benjamin. “Being designated as a 2018 All-America City is an exciting achievement that exhibits our commitment to civic engagement and an inclusive city.”


The All-America City Awards were established in 1949. Columbia was a winner in 1951 and 1964. Other South Carolina communities named as finalists this year include Kershaw County and Mount Pleasant. No other state has as many finalists as South Carolina.


"All-America City Finalist status speaks volumes about the charming, cosmopolitan, entrepreneurial and community focus of our beautiful city," said City Manager Teresa Wilson. "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!"


March 21, 2018

DENVER, COLORADO - The National Civic League is proud to announce the finalists for the 2018 All-America City Award (AAC). These finalists represent the diversity of American communities from the largest cities to the smallest towns, from east to west and north to south. 


Springdale, AR

Placentia, CA

Stockton, CA

Longmont, CO

Miami Beach, FL

Decatur, GA

Ann Arbor, MI

Battle Creek, MI

Las Vegas, NV

Charlotte, NC

Cincinnati, OH

Beaverton, OR

Allentown, PA

Columbia, SC

Kershaw County, SC

Mount Pleasant, SC

El Paso, TX

San Antonio, TX

Pasco, WA

Tacoma, WA


Finalist communities include the 7th largest city in America (San Antonio) and a town of only 22,000 people (Decatur, GA). The 20 finalists share a common bond of working to create equitable communities through inclusive civic engagement.