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Huntington named quarterfinalist in America’s Best Communities competition

The City of Huntington is proud to announce that it is one of 50 quarterfinalist communities in the America’s Best Communities competition, a $10 million initiative to stimulate economic revitalization in small towns and cities.

In the quarterfinal round, Huntington will receive $50,000 to develop comprehensive strategies to accelerate the revival of it local economy and improve the quality of life. The city’s application focused on the Highlawn brownfield revitalization project; the West End River to Rail initiative; the Hal Greer Boulevard and Fairfield West revitalization project; and tying the bricks-and-mortar projects together with the deployment of high-speed broadband. Click here for more information about Huntington's economic development efforts.

Charleston, Fairmont and Jackson County were also named as quarterfinalists in the competition, which is sponsored by Frontier Communications, DISH, CoBank and The Weather Channel.

“The City of Huntington is honored to be one of the 50 cities chosen as a quarterfinalist of the America’s Best Communities competition. This is a validation of the efforts of our citizens to set a standard for others around the nation to emulate,” Mayor Steve Williams said. “Something special is happening in our city, and we thank Frontier Communications for providing us a platform to share our story. We congratulate our sister communities in West Virginia that were also chosen.”

“The America’s Best Communities competition is a catalyst for positive change, and Huntington’s leadership and the community are working together and building for the future,” Frontier Area General Manager Tammy Shingleton said. “The men and women of Frontier are eager to see Huntington take the next step in a competition that is designed to make a difference in scores of American communities.”

Huntington now will have six months to complete its revitalization plans and compete for up to an additional $3 million bring its economic development ideas to life. In the months ahead, each quarterfinalist community will partner with a major corporation that will provide guidance and support throughout the next stage of the competition. The America’s Best Communities Adopt-a-Community Program has brought together 50 distinguished companies from across the U.S. to support the quarterfinalist communities. Each corporation will be paired with a community to serve as its strategic mentor, while also contributing $15,000 of the $50,000 in prize money. The corporate partners will forge relationships with local leaders and focus their efforts on successful implementation of the innovative business plans.

After its launch in September 2014, the America’s Best Communities competition successfully attracted entries from 138 applicant teams that represent 347 communities across the country. All 138 applications were reviewed by a panel of independent expert judges who selected the 50 winning communities based upon an objective set of criteria.

America’s Best Communities is a multi-stage, three-year competition that will provide $4 million in seed money and other support to assist communities as they develop new economic growth strategies. The top three communities — those with the most innovative proposals being effectively implemented — will share a total of $6 million in prize money. The winning community will be awarded $3 million, with $2 million for second place and $1 million for third.

To see the complete list of all winning communities, visit www.americasbestcommunities.com.

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