America’s Best Communities Competition: Even More Impactful than it was Exciting

Frontier Editorial Team
ABC Judges
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America is made up of communities, big and small. But while those big communities we know so well receive the bulk of the attention and financial support, the small communities that make up the heartland of this country are often overlooked.

It was in that lens that we created the America's Best Communities Competition in the spring of 2014. Three years, 350 communities and more than $10 million later, the impact of this initiative to spark economic revival in small communities across the country is only getting started.

The America's Best Communities competition came to a thrilling conclusion as the eight finalist communities gathered on April 19 at an event in Denver. There, the top-three communities were named, each receiving much-needed money to bring their revitalization strategies to life.

Vince Gill and Maggie Wilderotter
Vince Gill and Maggie Wilderotter
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“When we launched America's Best Communities, we hoped to inspire revitalization in small towns and cities across rural America. As we celebrate the culmination of the campaign, it feels like a dream fulfilled,” said Maggie Wilderotter, former CEO of Frontier Communications and the catalyst behind the competition.

“After three years of hard work, and from a pool of about 350 communities, three communities have earned the title of ‘America's Best' — and we're thrilled to extend our congratulations. With hard work and determination, they have forever changed the trajectory of their communities. The America's Best Communities prize grants they've secured will help them continue on the path to prosperity.”

Huntington West Virginia Winner
Huntington West Virginia celebrating
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At the event, country music legend and ABC's official ambassador Vince Gill made the official announcement of the top-three winners: Huntington, West Virginia (Grand Prize, $3 million), Lake Havasu City, Arizona (Second Place, $2 million), and Statesboro, Georgia (Third Place, $1 million). The five other finalists were: Chisago Lakes Area, Minnesota; Darrington/Arlington, Washington; Madison, Indiana; Tualatin, Oregon; and Valley County, Idaho.

Lake Havasu
Lake Havasu, Arizona
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Frontier Communications, along with DISH Network, CoBank and The Weather Channel, couldn't be prouder to sponsor this inspiring effort. The passion these communities showed (and sustained) over the past 36 months is the fire that fuels small towns that make a big difference all over this country. They don't do it with money, they do it with community. They've shown that they think big and dream bigger, but also that they have the fortitude to make those dreams come true.

They've all accomplished so much already, and we're excited to see how they'll use the momentum of the America's Best Communities Competition to get even better. Even those that didn't win a top prize are now in better position to grow. We wish all communities the very best!

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