$10 million America’s Best Communities competition — sponsored by Frontier Communications, DISH Network, The Weather Channel and CoBank — aims to spark innovation and growth in small towns
CASCADE, ID, AND SALT LAKE CITY, UT, June X, 2015 — Across the country, 50 communities are celebrating their victories in the first round of the America’s Best Communities competition, a $10 million initiative to stimulate economic revitalization in small towns and cities. Salt Lake City, Utah based has adopted one of those communities, Valley County/Meadows Valley, Idaho. CLEARLINK will serve as a strategic advisor to help them develop a comprehensive strategy to accelerate the revival of their local economy and improve quality of life.
Valley County/Meadows Valley is home to over 11,000 people, and will be awarded $35,000 in prize money from the America’s Best Communities competition to build and implement a Community Revitalization Plan. CLEARLINK contributed an additional $15,000 to bring the community’s total winnings to $50,000. In the months ahead, CLEARLINK will forge partnerships with local leaders in Valley County/Meadows Valley, providing guidance and support as they build plans to strengthen their community.
The sponsors of the America’s Best Communities competition — Frontier Communications, DISH Network, The Weather Channel and CoBank — recently announced the winning communities that have advanced into the quarterfinals of this innovative campaign, which aims to jumpstart economic development and investment in rural America. The 50 quarterfinalist communities will now have five more months to shape and refine their revitalization plans for the chance to win up to an additional $3 million to bring their ideas to life.
“By investing in America’s small towns and rural communities, we’ll make our entire nation stronger and accelerate our economic recovery,” said Jesse Himsworth, Vice President of Strategic Accounts at CLEARLINK. “We are honored to support the America’s Best Communities competition, and eager to partner with the hardworking men and women surrounding Valley County/Meadows Valley, Idaho as they continue to move their community forward.
“As the largest telecommunications company focused on rural America, we recognized the economic impact that new, strategic investments often have on the revitalization of small towns and rural cities,” Frontier Communications General Manager Richard Jayo said. “We launched America’s Best Communities to inspire innovation and foster new growth in America’s emerging markets, our rural communities, and we could not accomplish this vision without the support of partners like CLEARLINK.
We thank them for their leadership and their willingness to join us in this pursuit of a more vibrant, resilient economy across rural America, starting in their adopted community.”
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 will receive a total of $6 million in prize money.
The 50 quarterfinalist communities have until November to complete their comprehensive Community Revitalization Plans to be considered for additional investment. In early 2016, 15 semifinalists will be selected to attend the America’s Best Communities summit to present their strategies, with eight finalists then awarded $100,000 to continue implementation of their plans.
In April 2017, America’s Best Communities will name its three competition winners — those with the most innovative proposals being effectively implemented. The winning community will be awarded $3 million, with $2 million for second place and $1 million for third.
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