Valley County reaches America's Best Communities finals, falls short of winning
DENVER, Colorado (KBOI) - While it fell just short of the top prizes, Valley County, Idaho will still be considered one of America’s Best Communities.
Valley County earned $150,000 in prize grants from America’s Best Communities, a $10 million community revitalization competition sponsored by Frontier Communications, DISH Network, CoBank and The Weather Channel, since the campaign was launched in September 2014.
About 350 communities entered the competition, and Valley County was one of just eight teams that advanced to the final round.
America’s Best Communities challenged local leaders to bring their neighbors together to envision a stronger future and build a strategy to improve lives and livelihoods.
From the original pool of about 350 communities, the field was narrowed to 50 in the quarterfinals, 15 in the semifinals and down to eight finalists.
Communities advanced in the competition based on the effectiveness of the revitalization plans developed, fine-tuned and implemented over the course of the three-year competition.
Throughout the competition, from its start through the grand prize round, an independent panel of expert judges reviewed and scored communities’ proposals based on an objective set of criteria.
Their scoring and independent analysis determined winners.
The eight finalists gathered this week in Denver to present their revitalization strategies and share progress made in achieving new growth.
Following the presentations, the top three were announced during the America’s Best Communities grand prize ceremony.
Huntington, West Virginia; Lake Havasu City, Arizona; and Statesboro, Georgia finished as the competition’s top three, respectively.
The eight finalist communities that gathered in Denver for the grand prize event included:
• Chisago Lakes, Minnesota
• Darrington/Arlington, Washington
• Huntington, West Virginia
• Lake Havasu City, Arizona
• Madison, Indiana
• Statesboro, Georgia
• Tualatin, Oregon
• Valley County, Idaho