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Yakima Chosen as Finalist for All-America City Award: Spotlight on Healthy Communities

Yakima was chosen as one of 25 finalists for the coveted All-America City award presented annually by the National Civic League. This is one of the country’s most prestigious civic awards. To date, more than 600 communities have won the award; Yakima last received a top 10 designation in 1994.

Our featured civic achievements included in the initial application were;

  1. The amazing story behind the Pacific Northwest University of Health Science, where a group of local health care professionals decided to address the shortage of doctors by raising the funds and building the first medical school in the Pacific Northwest in sixty years.
  2. The Yakima Gang Free Initiative (GFI), which works on the belief that gang issues are a detriment to a healthy community and need to be addressed in a coordinated effort. The program uses prevention and intervention efforts, like helping “at-risk” kids find alternatives to joining gangs through tutoring and teaching life skills.
  3. The final section focused on a number of educational advancements to ensure that our youth receive every possible educational opportunity to succeed.

While we were not selected as one of the top 10 finalist for 2014, we were very pleased with the support of the community and the opportunity to present these outstanding civic achievements.


 In 1994 a coalition of our community applied for and became a finalist for the National Civic League designation of All America City. Take a quick look at the team that brought it home in 1994!