FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Fort Wayne is an All-American city, one of the top ten cities in the entire nation.
The National Civic League awarded Fort Wayne the title Wednesday night.
"Everyone should take pride in knowing that we’re one of the top ten cities of the entire country. We are an example for other places to look at, and we get to showcase all the wonderful initiatives we have every single day," said Stephanie Crandall with the Mayor's Office.
Crandall says Promenade Park is a perfect example of the city’s growth and accessibility for all.
She thinks this helped solidify Fort Wayne as a finalist when the city first applied in February.
Shenita Bolton represented Fort Wayne Community schools in the city’s final pitch Wednesday afternoon.
"It’s really exciting. We’re a part of something great here in Allen County and Fort Wayne," Bolton said. "And I’m really excited as an individual to live here and be a part of that, but also to work for a fine public school institution that is part of this community as well."
"It’s another means to highlight what we do," Bolton said. "We really want to know everyone across Allen County knows the Family And Community Engagement Center and what we have to offer to our students and to the families as well."
Crandall says it’s now clear Allen County isn’t the only area interested in Fort Wayne’s accomplishments.
"There were leaders in the other communities that were like, ‘Fort Wayne has something special going on, and we want to learn more about how they’re making that work,'" Crandall said. "So we get to share our story and really highlight all of the great things Fort Wayne has to offer."
This is the fourth time Fort Wayne has earned this recognition. Next year’s theme is advancing early literacy.
Fort Wayne is one of 14 Indiana cities to be named as an All-American since the National Civic League first gave out the recognition in 1949.
It is now the only Indiana city to win the award four times.