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The city of Beaverton is honored for its commitment to inclusion and engagement.

As president of the National Civic League, I am thrilled to personally congratulate Beaverton on being selected as a finalist for the All-America City Awards.

Beaverton has shown its ability to involve all parts of the community in decision-making and efforts to improve equity when it comes to quality of life and opportunities for good health and prosperity for all.

The All-America City awards were created in 1949 by George Gallup and others to celebrate a "Super Bowl for cities." Each year, 10 communities receive this recognition for inclusive civic engagement to address critical issues and create stronger connections among residents, businesses and nonprofit and government leaders. I've never experienced such a powerful sense of hope, unity and engagement as I have with the nominations for the All-America City Awards.

Like many local communities across the nation, Beaverton is showing that important and innovative work to address critical issues still takes place at the local level. The local level stands in contrast to the federal level, which has seen many years of conflict and slow progress on many of the nation's toughest challenges.

When we reviewed the applications from across the country, the City of Beaverton stood out because of its innovative approach to inclusivity and engagement. Beaverton Organizing and Leadership Development (BOLD) is a unique and dedicated space for immigrants, refugees and other people of color to discover their common goals and struggles, build leadership capacity, gain community organizing and advocacy skills, and strengthen cross-cultural understanding.

In addition to BOLD, the city demonstrated its commitment to inclusive civic engagement and equity through the two additional submitted projects: Beaverton Community Vision, and the Community Policing and Restorative Justice efforts. You can learn more about Beaverton's projects at www.nationalcivicleague.org/2018-all-america-city-finalist-beaverton-or.

Again, congratulations on being a finalist, and we look forward to your presentation at our awards competition on June 23-24! You should be proud of your good work, and we look forward to sharing it with the rest of the nation.

Doug Linkhart

President, National Civic League

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