Brown Deer — Brown Deer is one of 10 communities in the country to be named an All-America City by the National Civic League.
The focus of this year's award is on communities that have 'taken innovative action to engage residents in ensuring that all children are healthy and supported to succeed in school and life.' In applying for the award, Brown Deer officials highlighted three projects: the creation of Badger Meter River Park, the renovation of Brown Deer schools and the school district's award-winning character education program.
The All-America City award was launched in 1949, and has been awarded to more than 550 communities, including Madison, Green Bay and Eau Claire. Brown Deer Village Manager Michael Hall said Brown Deer stands out compared to other communities because of its diversity.
'Brown Deer is a microcosm of what America should be, with a diversity of age, economic backgrounds and culture,' he said. 'Milwaukee is considered the most segregated community in America, but we in Brown Deer seem to make it work. This award is the icing on the cake, and it shows that we are a representation of America.'
Representatives from the Brown Deer School District and village of Brown Deer told the village's story on the national stage at the National Civic League's All-America City conference in Denver on June 17-19.
The trip was financed with $25,000 in donations from Badger Meter, Milwaukee Bucks player and Brown Deer alum Steve Novak and a matching contribution was made by the NBA Players Association. The community also contributed funds. Funds that aren't spent during the trip will be used to celebrate or promote the award.
'These All-America cities are doing amazing work to engage their communities in helping to assure the well-being of young people,' said Doug Linkhart, President of the National Civic League. 'We're constantly impressed by their innovation and dedication in bringing together groups and individuals together to address critical issues such as the health and educational success. While there are certainly many other successful community engagement efforts to improve opportunities for young people, All-America City winners clearly rise to the top.'