In 1999, none of us would have understood a conversation that included:


Now, in 2015, this hashtag has been the hallmark of our summer, as Tallahassee has competed to be named an All-America City again (like we were in 1999) by the National Civic League.

The annual award recognizes exemplary grassroots and problem-solving efforts of communities that cooperatively tackle challenges and achieve measurable results.

In its application, Tallahassee highlighted three programs:

  • Cascades Park (more info here)
  • Distinguished Young Gentlemen (more info here)
  • Neighborhood REACH (more info here)

The¬†City of Tallahassee will live stream our community’s All-America City presentation and the awards ceremony on WCOT, the City’s government access channel (Comcast and CenturyLink Channel 13), and online at Talgov.com/AAC. The presentation will air on Saturday, June 13, from 3:30 to 3:50 p.m., and the awards ceremony will air on Sunday, June 14, from 9 to 10:30 p.m.

I don’t have personal experience with Distinguished Young Gentlemen or Neighborhood REACH, but I have heard enough about them to believe they help qualify us as an All-American City. Cascades Park, on the other hand, is a verdant example of restoration, history, and mutual commitment to foster community togetherness. I have already had several great runs there, and am thrilled that it is part of our community.

This picture is from my first Cascades Park outing:


Good luck, Tallahassee, you’ll always be my All-America City, and I hope the National Civic League agrees!!