Gothenburg Named All-America City

Gothenburg Named All-America City

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Gothenburg, Nebraska, was recognized as one of 10 All-America City award winners during a celebration in Denver on Sunday, June 23. The National Civic League presented this honor to recognize Gothenburg’s work in inclusive civic engagement to address critical issues and create stronger connections among residents, businesses and nonprofit and government leaders.

"We are happy to designate Gothenburg as an All-America City. They showed us today that they do a great job of engaging the whole city in creating a healthier community," said Doug Linkhart, president of the National Civic League.

All applicants submitted their community-wide work on creating healthy communities through inclusive civic engagement and three projects for consideration. The field was narrowed to 20 in March. Over the weekend, finalist communities presented their projects and their communities to a jury. The entire presentation focused on the three projects and how each community leverages civic engagement, collaboration, inclusiveness and innovation to successfully address local issues.

Gothenburg was the smallest finalist community, competing against cities from across the country several thousand times larger in population. Judges referred to Gothenburg as, “small but mighty.”

Gothenburg Improvement Company applied for the award using “All Means All” as its premise, and the delegation of 22 community representatives used their 10-minute presentation to drive home the meaning of “The Gothenburg Way.” In Gothenburg, leaders and residents work hand-in-hand through a collaborative process that places the needs of the community first. This approach to community engagement is well-known within the community as doing things “The Gothenburg Way,” which entails bringing everybody to the table. The result of doing things “The Gothenburg Way” is an established civic infrastructure that lends itself to the continued economic prosperity of the community.

Gothenburg won the All-American City Award one other time in 1991, and Dawson County received the award in 1993.