Rocky Mount Named All-America City

allamericaOn June 26, 1999, the National Civic League presented Rocky Mount with the prestigious All-America City award in Philadelphia. The National Civic League is a 105 year old non-profit, non-partisan organization with a number of programs aimed at strengthening democracy through citizen participation. The award recognizes the ability of public officials and citizens who change their communities into better environments for families and children.

On winning the award, Rocky Mount City Manager Stephen W. Raper said, "After many years of continued progress, cooperation and consensus building between the city and Edgecombe and Nash counties, the Rocky Mount area continues to be a place where problems are solved and needs are met. Our successes have been the product of strategic use and leverage of community resources, major community achievements, projects that address important community needs and partnerships within and across jurisdictional boundaries."

Rocky Mount first achieved All-America City status 30 years ago when the awards program also was held in Philadelphia. At that time, the designation was based on Rocky Mount's significant achievements emphasizing the areas of human relations, education, housing, recreation and job placement.

To win the 1999 award, the All-America City Task Force prepared and presented a ten minute on-stage presentation of Rocky Mount area achievements before National Civic League judges and then answered ten minutes of penetrating questions.

The application for the award required an intensive analysis and a concise description of the City. Three projects of critical importance to the Rocky Mount community were selected for presentation to the awards jury. Those projects were: The Down East Partnership for Children; the Carolinas Gateway Partnership; the Rocky Mount Edgecombe-Nash Educational Cooperative.

The Down East Partnership for Children provides and coordinates programs that focus on critical area problems: how to deliver health, education, child care and social programs to our children and their parents.

The Carolinas Gateway Partnership was created to combine resources and promote and enhance economic development in the Rocky Mount and twin county area.

The Rocky Mount-Edgecombe-Nash Education Cooperative coordinates the resources of business and education for the betterment of schools and student learning.

"Winning the All-America City designation based on efforts exemplified by all those involved in the three projects adds credibility to the belief that the Rocky Mount area is a great place to live, raise children, work and retire. It is a distinct honor to be named an All-America City," said Steve Raper.