Geneva Raps Its Way To 'All-American' Designation
GENEVA -- A team from across Geneva traveled to Denver, Colo., this past weekend to make a pitch for being designated as an All-American City. The group, representing the city, the school district and Hobart & William Smith Colleges joined some young Genevans in making it clear to the judges from around the U.S. that this is a city on the rise, overcoming decades-long problems through collaborative efforts.
On Sunday night, it was clear their pitch had found the strike zone. Geneva joined just nine other cities across the U.S. in winning the honor. Geneva joined Tallahassee, Fla., Carson, California; Salinas, California; Stockton, California; Somerville, Massachusetts; Tupelo, Mississippi; Marshall, Texas; Spokane, Washington; and Yakima, Washington.
The designation comes after months of analysis of data showing how unique civic engagement has helped cities attack problems and make progress. After a 20 minute presentation by the Geneva team, the judges were clearly overwhelmed in their comments about how organic and effective efforts at improving the city and its school district's performance were at attacking the city's problems.
The video above shows the formal presentation judges will use in determining whether the city's gains are worthy of the competitive All-American designation. The city's contingent was led by City Manager Matt Horn and his staff but included students, teachers and Hobart & William Smith administrators who have helped lead the Geneva 2020 schools initiative throughout the community.
The All-American designation is given by the National Civic League to 10 communities each year, celebrating and honoring cities for developing innovative solutions to pressing problems by engaging residents in innovative, inclusive and effective efforts.
Other finalists for the All-American City Award were Marana, Ariz., Carson, Salinas and Stockton, Calif.; North Lauderdale, Orlando and Tallahassee, Fla.; Quincy, Ill.; Somerville, Mass.; Tupelo, Miss.; Asheboro, N.C.; Marshall, Texas; Petersburg, Va.; and Spokane and Yakima, Wash.