The six winners of American City & County's 2010 annual excellence awards, described on the following pages, exhibit the qualities that build strong communities: cooperation, creativity and leadership. In some of the winning projects, necessity was the mother of invention, and in others, foresight and perseverance came together in the right formula to achieve success.

Although the winning projects are in specific locations, the ideas that contributed to their successful completion could be practiced anywhere.

The winners are:

Past America's Crown Communities winners