The City of Huntington is proud to unveil its community revitalization plan.
Dubbed the Huntington Innovation Project (HIP), this revitalization plan will transform neighborhoods and blighted spaces where the old manufacturing and coal-sector economy has declined into hip hubs for advanced making, innovative manufacturing and healthy community improvements -- all connected by high-speed broadband. Huntington will spark this revitalization through key initiatives in its three most distressed neighborhoods.
This trio of initiatives will renew our community, create job opportunities, enhance sustainability and be a gateway of revitalization for the Tri-State and Appalachian region.
This plan was submitted in November 2015 to the America’s Best Communities competition. Huntington is one of 50 quarterfinalist communities in the nationwide competition and is vying to become one of 15 semifinalists in January 2016.
America’s Best Communities is a multi-stage, three-year competition that will provide seed money and other support to assist small 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.
For more information about the competition, go to www.americasbestcommunities.com.