MASON CITY — COVID-19 is not slowing Mason City’s award winning momentum.
A team of residents, business representatives and government officials are putting the finishing touches on a virtual presentation which they will be making to the National Civic League on Wednesday.
It is the final step in Mason City’s nomination to receive the 2020 All-America City Award.
In March, Mason City became one of 20 cities nationwide and the only city in Iowa to be named as finalists.
Mason City had been scheduled to make the presentation in Denver, Colorado earlier this year during the league’s annual convention and awards ceremony. However, the in person event was delayed and moved to an online format because of COVID-19.
The award recognizes the work of communities in using inclusive civic engagement to address critical issues and create stronger connections among residents.
“All-America City finalists and winners find it easier to attract and retain businesses that generate jobs and a stronger tax base,” said City Administrator Aaron Burnett. “They also attract and retain residents who want a healthy community. Finalists and winners also have seen an increase in tourism and grants.”
Previous Iowa winners include Dubuque, Ames and Des Moines.
In being named a finalist, the league noted Mason City’s River City Renaissance project and the downtown revitalization it has stimulated, the “Make Mason City Sparkle” campaign where volunteers are working on tree planting, flower bed improvements and river cleanup, along with the community’s “Healthy Choices” initiative.
Citizens can tune in via AAC’s Facebook page (http://ow.ly/RU4W50ATLNr) on Wednesday August 19th @ 10:00am to watch our presentation! You can also participate in the entire event through the online platform (http://ow.ly/skFW50ATLQW) using our code: MASONCITY