The All-America City Award is America's original and most prestigious community recognition award.  Since 1949, the Award has honored communities of all sizes (cities, towns, counties, neighborhoods and regions) where community members, government, businesses and nonprofit organizations work together to address critical local issues. More than 500 communities have earned this distinguished title and many have earned it more than once, including Fort Wayne.

Fort Wayne has received this prestigious award twice, our last time was 1998.  We have also placed as a finalist twice since 1998.  Currently, the three areas we are focusing on to demonstrate our collaboration are the International Community, Trails, and the Allen Superior Court - Great Kids Make Great Communities.  

The application process alone represents a valuable opportunity to evaluate the way our community manages opportunities and challenges, which can make our community stronger.  Communities that earn the All-America City title realize numerous benefits, including:

  • Local, state, and national recognition
  • Greater civic pride and greater civic collaboration
  • Economic stimulus

For more information on the All America City Award process, please refer to the National Civic League website at