FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The City of Fort Wayne has been named a 2021 All-America City.

“Being named an All-America City is a tremendous accomplishment and is an indication of how Fort Wayne is moving forward in the right direction,” said Mayor Tom Henry. “We’re working each day to provide opportunities for every person who calls Fort Wayne home. Collectively, we’re doing everything possible to engage, innovate, and perform, and I truly believe our best days are ahead of us.”

The City of Fort Wayne said it submitted its All-America City application for consideration in February and was chosen to be one of twenty finalists. The city’s application highlighted three-community building project such as the riverfront, Fort Wayne United, and the FWCS Engagement Center.

Each of the finalists were required to make a ten minute presentation, allowing another ten minutes for questions from the National Civic League judging committee. Fort Wayne’s All-America City presentation is available to view on Facebook.

The award, given to 10 communities each year since 1949, celebrates and recognizes villages, cities, counties, tribes and regions that engage residents in innovative, inclusive and effective efforts to tackle critical challenges, the city said.

Fort Wayne was named an All-America City in 1983, 1998 and 2009.

Learn more about the All-America City Award and the National Civic League, visit the city’s website.