Mt. Pleasant designated as All-American City

Mt. Pleasant designated as All-American City
June 30 15:57 2018 Print This Article

The Town of Mount Pleasant was recently selected as one of 10 communities to receive the All-American City Award. The National Civic League announced its selections at a conference in Denver. The All-American City Award was initiated in 1949, and this year Mount Pleasant was selected based on strong civic engagement, race relations efforts and positive police-community relations.. The citation noted that the town “is working to ensure that equity and inclusion are more than an afterthought, but key factors in local decision-making.” Mt. Pleasant previously earned the designation in 2010.

Three different aspects of Mt. Pleasant’s local government were included in the award citation. The Mount Pleasant Police Department was cited for involving the community in its work in the form of youth engagement programs and other model police programs. The Mount Pleasant Planning Department was recognized for getting the community actively involved in all of its agenda items in different venues, including a Meet and Greet event and The Citizens Planning College, which has educated citizens on land development, building codes, and zoning districts. Another factor cited in the award was the Shem Creek Park Master Plan and other projects that have addressed the often controversial question of the future of Shem Creek. The plans have taken the community, businesses, and ecosystem health into account to create a thriving area for business, seafood, sea life, and fun.

Riley Hills was one of the Mt. Pleasant residents chosen to represent the town at the All-American City competition. He and Jahmar Coakley performed a few songs as part of the Cultural Showcase in Denver. He offered some insight about what it was like to represent Mt. Pleasant on a national stage, “The All- American City event as a whole was really exciting. Most of the other competing communities performed a Cultural Showcase and a Final Skit as part of the competition. I got the chance to meet people from cities all across America, and I have to say it was one of the best times I ever had. Everyone at the event came together and acted with unity. We all got to see the best America has to offer!”

MacKenzie Fowler is a political science major at the National University of Ireland at Galway. She is a two time award winning historical documentary filmmaker who represented South Carolina at the national level in Washington D.C. The former Wando High School student and Mt. Pleasant resident has a passion for politics and local awareness.