Communities to pitch ideas to become America’s best

15 Semi-Finalists in America’s Best Communities competition head to ABC Summit to share new solutions for challenges facing rural America

Fifteen rural communities from throughout the United States will travel to the America’s Best Communities Summit April 26-27. At the Summit, these communities will pitch a panel of expert judges “Shark Tank-style” on why they should advance into the finals of the America’s Best Communities (ABC) competition, a $10 million campaign to revitalize small towns across the country.

Proudly DeKalb learns it made semisWith prize money on the line at the Summit, community leaders will make the case for why their ideas have the greatest potential to revive their hometowns and foster sustained, long-term revitalization.

The communities with the best proposals will win their way into the finals, and each will be awarded $100,000 to bring their plans to life. Only eight of the 15 communities will make the cut.

These eight communities will also have the opportunity to continue their journey toward winning the competition’s $3 million top prize.

Be sure to share why you think your community should be one of the final eight by using #ABCSummit on social media.

Sponsored by Frontier Communications, DISH Network, CoBank and The Weather Channel, ABC has inspired towns and cities to pursue new solutions that will improve lives and livelihoods. The competition has served as a force for positive change in participating communities, jumpstarting plans to achieve economic revitalization and investing in ideas to enhance quality of life.

ABC sponsors are confident the winning plans will become roadmaps to revitalization for rural areas across the U.S. All of the community plans created for the competition can be viewed on each community’s page in the Meet the Communities section of the ABC website.

The summit will be held in Durham, a location selected to showcase the impact that innovative redevelopment efforts can have on the future of a city and region. Organizers expect Durham’s renaissance to serve as additional inspiration for community leaders in attendance as they put new strategies in motion to revitalize their own towns and cities.

To stay up-to-date on the latest developments, be sure to follow America’s Best Communities on Facebook and Twitter, where you’ll be able to track live updates from the Summit.