In the All-America City competition, North Carolina cities and towns have a strong record. Since 1949, twenty-nine state municipalities and two counties have received the designation. Clinton and Hickory were two of the ten award winners nationwide in the 2007 All-America City Award program, which annually recognizes communities that engage in creative collaborative problem solving and civic improvement. This is Hickory's third time to receive the award, joining twenty-eight other cities that have done so. Asheville and Laurinburg are also triple winners in North Carolina.