Denver – June 24, 2018 - Mount Pleasant was recognized today as one of 10 All-America City Award winners. The National Civic League presented this honor to recognize Mount Pleasant’s work in inclusive civic engagement to address critical issues and create stronger connections among residents, businesses and nonprofit and government leaders.
All applicants submitted their community-wide work on equity and civic engagement and three projects for consideration, and the field was narrowed to 20. This weekend, finalist communities presented their projects and their communities to a jury. Walking in to Mount Pleasant’s version of “Hold My Hand” the theme of building bridges was demonstrated throughout the presentation. “We are building bridges. . . emotional ones,” stated Mayor Haynie. Residents felt disconnected. A planning engagement program alone has reached thousands and storm water management has worked hand in hand with hundreds of youth – both have added a personal touch for the residents served.
The Town of Mount Pleasant stood out because of its resident outreach strategies. They have used dialogue and forums, leveraged mobile apps and online forums, and the town administrator even rode a city bus route during mobile office hours to ensure those with the least amount of access are being included.
Mount Pleasant demonstrated its commitment to inclusive civic engagement and equity through the three projects submitted. The Reading Patrol Program brings officers and children together for reading and arts and crafts. Bridging the Gap connects residents directly with the planning department. And, the Shem Creek development utilized public and stakeholder conversations to guide equitable economic development along the creek.
Mount Pleasant was also designated as an All-America City in 2010.
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