Greencastle, 17 other Indiana cities competing for 'Best Communities' title

Friday, February 20, 2015

Greencastle, 17 other Indiana cities compete for 'Best Communities' title

FORT WAYNE -- Frontier Communications, DISH Network and CoBank have announced that 18 Indiana communities have registered for the America's Best Communities contest.

Registration is the first step to compete for the $10 million in prize money that America's Best Communities will award to small towns and cities across the country.

The 18 communities -- and the dozens more eligible across the state -- have until March 25 to complete their full and final applications.

The competition, conceived by Frontier and co-sponsored by DISH and CoBank, is designed to stimulate growth and revitalization in small cities and towns across 27 states in Frontier's footprint.

The contest will identify and invest in innovative ideas communities can use to build and sustain their local economies. The winning ideas will then become available as a roadmap for growth for all rural communities across the U.S.

"I am so pleased to see the list of proud Indiana communities that have registered for the contest," Greg Stephens, Frontier Indiana general manager, said. "I encourage all Indiana communities within Frontier's service area to take advantage of this opportunity to win up to $3 million for economic revitalization. We are looking forward to seeing what kind of innovative plans are developed for local economic growth and community development."

Besides Greencastle, the Indiana communities registered as of Feb. 19 include Angola/Fremont, Chesterton, Connersville, Elkhart, Jasper, La Porte, Lafayette, Logansport, Madison, New Haven, Richmond, Seymour, Terre Haute, Valparaiso, Wabash and Westfield.

The 18 Indiana communities that have registered will be competing against communities across 27 states Frontier serves. The top three competition winners -- those with the most innovative, effective proposals -- will be awarded a total of $6 million in grand prizes in April 2017.

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