Battle Creek is just one of 20 cities to become a finalist for a national award recognizing efforts to promote civic engagement and inclusion.

The City says that they were chosen as a finalist by the National Civic League for their 2018 All-America City Award, with finalists ranging in size from San Antonio, Texas to Decatur, Georgia. The finalist communities will be competing to become one of 10 All-America Cities, with the contest being held in June in Denver, Colorado.

In order to apply for the award, staff from various Battle Creek departments worked with representatives from the Battle Creek Community Foundation and BCVision to put together an application that highlighted the city's work on creating an equitable community. According to the city;

Finalist communities’ presentations will bring their written applications to life, and demonstrate the positive effects of using equitable engagement strategies to address issues like promoting mental health, building stronger neighborhoods, and breaking down racial barriers to economic opportunities.

The finalist cities are the following:

  • Battle Creek, Michigan
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Springdale, Arkansas
  • Placentia, Calinfornia
  • Stockton, California
  • Longmont, Colorado
  • Miami Beach, Florida
  • Decatur, Georgia
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Beaverton, Oregon
  • Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Columbia, South Carolina
  • Kershaw County, South Carolina
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
  • El Paso, Texas
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Pasco, Washington
  • Tacoma, Washington