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Rochester named finalist for 2020 All-America City award

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The City of Rochester is one of 20 communities across the United States to be named a finalist for the 2020 All-America City Award. (WHAM photo)

(WHAM) - The City of Rochester is one of 20 communities across the United States to be named a finalist for the 2020 All-America City Award.

The award, which is bestowed by the National Civic League, praises cities who show a commitment to using civic engagement, collaboration, inclusivity, and innovation to successfully address local issues.

Each community nominated for the award highlights specific projects that show how it can work together to strengthen the connection among the people living there, along with leaders in business, government, and non-profit organizations.

For the 2020 theme of "Enhancing health and well-being through civic engagement", Rochester highlighted the Project HOPE and El Camino Neighborhood Revitalization, the High Blood Pressure Collaborative, and the Community Task Force on School Climate.

Common Ground Health, Ibero, Greater Rochester Health Foundation, Rochester Area Community Foundation with Teen Empowerment, Alliance for Quality Education, Metro Justice/Citizen Action of New York and others worked together on these projects.

“The revitalization happening in the El Camino neighborhood is real and ongoing,” said Miguel Melendez of Ibero. “We are thrilled to continue our progress with new investments in our community."

"The City of Rochester is proud to be a caring community that works together with our partner organizations to improve the quality of life for all of our residents,” said Mayor Lovely Warren.

There will be 10 communities selected for the award this year.

Rochester is the only city in New York to be named a finalist this year. The other finalist cities can be seen here.

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