Peoria Named All-America City

By Frank Radosevich II
June 17, 2013

For a fourth time Bradley University's hometown of Peoria, Illinois, was named an All-America City, one of the country’s oldest and most respected civic designations.

The national award highlights collaborative efforts by the Peoria community, including the city’s educational development, high-tech medical facilities and the newly opened Peoria Riverfront Museum block. The city’s delegation included Bradley alumni and staff as well as the members of the Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Organization of Greater Peoria.

“This distinction would not be possible without the tremendous support of the people, businesses and institutions of our community,” said Peoria City Councilman Ryan Spain ’10 MBA. “Bradley played a key role in our All-America City application and presentation. We could not have achieved this success without the help and support of the University.”

The All-America City Award, a program of the National Civic League, encourages and recognizes civic excellence by honoring local communities where residents, government, businesses and non-profit organizations demonstrate successful resolution of significant community issues.

In addition to helping with Peoria’s application, Bradley students are continuously involved with the local community. Whether interning at one of the city’s many businesses, teaching at a school or volunteering with a nonprofit, Bradley students appreciate the difference service makes in their community and in their own lives.

Peoria was one of 10 All-America Cities for 2013 and last received the distinction in 1989. For a complete list of this year's winning communities, visit the National Civic League's website.