The Iowa League of Cities recognized the city of Nevada as a 2017 People’s All-Star Community at the League’s Annual Conference & Exhibit, which was held in Davenport from Sept. 27-29.

In August, the League named Center Point, Washington and Marion as All-Star Communities after a panel of judges evaluated applications based on innovative efforts in areas such as urban renewal, development, preservation, collaborative efforts or quality of life improvements.

Beginning Aug. 28, a second round of judging began on Facebook to determine the winner of the People’s All-Star Community. Nevada was among 15 communities to compete in the head-to-head, bracket-style competition.

Nevada entered their City Hall Campus project into the All-Star Community Award competition. This vital piece of real estate was once home to a thriving business before it was closed and the city acquired the property in July 2012. The city’s goal for this location is to attract folks back to downtown and to refocus on Main Street. Currently, the Midtown Farmers’ Market and Community Band play in the City Hall parking lot. This project will enhance these events, plus attract additional events such as movies in the park, community picnics, outdoor weddings, exercise classes, Chamber events and more.