DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock has been named Chairman of the National Civic League (NCL), a century-old Denver-based nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that promotes good government, civic engagement and local, community-based problem-solving.
As Chairman of NCL’s Board of Directors, Mayor Hancock will preside over organizational meetings and deliver a message to the annual All-America City Awards event. This year’s award program will be held June 14-16 in Denver and highlight community efforts to honor and benefit veterans and military families. AAC will return to Denver in 2014 with a focus on healthy communities.
“Thousands of American communities have been touched by NCL award programs, research projects, publications and strategic planning initiatives,” Mayor Hancock said. “People and public institutions across the country have been well served by the NCL’s focus on better, smarter government and community engagement. I was proud to work for this reputable institution at the beginning of my career and I’m honored to now help steer the ship of the same organization where I began my public service journey.”
Mayor Hancock’s connection to the NCL began in the early 1990s when he joined the NCL’s Civic Assistance Program, which works directly with communities to design and implement grassroots public planning and problem solving efforts. In 2009, then-City Councilmember Hancock served on the 12-person jury for the annual All-America City Awards, NCL’s 64-year-old civic recognition program.
“We are thrilled to have Mayor Hancock as our board chair,” said National Civic League President Gloria Rubio-Cortés. “His inclusive leadership style and commitment to community engagement speak directly to our organizational mission.”
Founded in 1894, the National Civic League moved its national headquarters from New York City to Denver in 1989. In addition to the All-America City Award, which has recognized more than 600 communities across the country, the organization publishes the Model City Charter, a blueprint for local government structure used by thousands of towns and cities in the U.S. and Canada, and the quarterly National Civic Review. NCL also provides technical assistance to communities undertaking strategic planning efforts and conducts joint research projects on fiscal sustainability for local government and the role of the public in improving education.