June 7, 2021 - On Wednesday, June 9 at 11:50 a.m., Fort Wayne will compete for the distinction of being named an All-America City. The public is invited to attend a virtual viewing party to watch Fort Wayne’s LIVE presentation to the National Civic League’s judging committee. The presentation will be recorded and available to view at a later time as well.

Fort Wayne also participated in the National Civic League’s virtual Cultural Entertainment Showcase. The public is invited to view the videos and vote on their favorite. Fort Wayne’s submissions are titled:

Fort Wayne: A Vibrant Community

Defend the Fort: All In

“John Kanaka” by Weisser Park Elementary 4th Grade Class

Links to view the June 9th All-America City presentation, the Cultural Entertainment Showcase and Fort Wayne’s Civic Action Booth: CityOfFortWayne.org/allamericacity.html. 

The City of Fort Wayne submitted its All-America City application for consideration in February. The spotlight for the 2021 Award is on building equity and resilience. The City of Fort Wayne’s application highlighted three community-building projects as examples of its efforts: Riverfront Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne UNITED, and Fort Wayne Community Schools’ Family and Community Engagement Center.

The award, given to 10 communities each year since 1949, celebrates and recognizes villages, cities, counties, tribes and regions that engage residents in innovative, inclusive and effective efforts to tackle critical challenges. The finalist communities, representing 15 states, range in size from 9,000 residents to over 1.2 million. Fort Wayne was named an All-America City in 1983, 1998 and 2009.