Huntington, West Virginia has proudly claimed the title of “America’s Best Community” after being named the Grand Prize winner in the America’s Best Communities competition. Lake Havasu City, Arizona has won $2 million and Statesboro, Georgia has won $1 million as the top finishers.

Launched in September 2014 to inspire revitalization and growth in small towns and rural communities across the country, 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. It has served as a catalyst for positive change by awarding seed funding to help communities turn their exceptional ideas from vision to reality.

During each phase of America’s Best Communities, the best strategies — those with the most innovative ideas being effectively deployed — advanced to the next round and awarded funding to accelerate implementation.