Great communities don’t just happen.
They are the result of people working together for the common good and forming linkages that improve the local economy and contribute to the health, safety and viability of the community. Great communities are good for everyone, but now more than ever they need energy, passion, ideas and commitment. The need for “now” is why Frontier Communications, in partnership with DISH Network and other sponsors, is proud to introduce “America’s Best Communities,” a campaign to inspire ideas that will spark vitality and sustainable growth in small towns and cities in 27 of the states served by Frontier and DISH.
An application, a vision, an actionable plan and a lot of hard work! There’s more than that, of course, and the details can be found here. Who wins? We all win, because the campaign will provide communities through rural and mid-sized America with a wealth of creative ideas about how to revitalize towns and cities. The campaign offers cash rewards to the top three winners – a first prize of $3 million and second and third prizes of $2 million and $1 million, respectively, for exceptional ideas that transform vision into reality. In addition, up to 50 applicants will benefit from $35,000 in seed money to help support the development of the visionary strategies that will revitalize America’s heartland and benefit the entire country. And up to 8 finalists will receive $100,000.00 to further implement their plan in the hopes of winning the larger prizes. Communities connect us, and everyone benefits from living and working in innovative, economically sound, safe and creative environs. Join Frontier Communications, DISH Network and other partners in taking up the challenge to make yours one of America’s Best Communities.
About Frontier Communications
Frontier Communications is an S&P 500 company and is included in the FORTUNE 1000 list of America’s largest corporations. Frontier serves predominantly rural areas and small- and medium-sized towns and cities in the U.S. It offers broadband, voice, satellite video, wireless Internet data access, data security solutions and technical support, carrier services, specialized bundles for residential customers, small businesses and home offices, and advanced communications for medium, large and commercial businesses. More information is available at www.frontier.com.
There is something to be said for making the world a little smaller.
Our nation was once small, blossoming from the inventiveness of the tight-knit communities that lived close to their opportunities and their challenges. I myself grew up in a small town in Kentucky. It made me who I am and nothing would make me prouder than to see it continue to thrive and succeed for generations to come. As it would happen, the roots of my company, DISH, are also firmly set in small-town America. We grew and thrived by delivering access to the best in news and entertainment to communities all across our great nation. This is why we are proud to join Frontier Communications to launch “America’s Best Communities” – a program built to recognize and reward the kind of innovation that will sustain the power and vitality of our smaller communities.
Small towns nurture themselves in ways different from large cities.
They face challenges that are unique to their size, resources and populations. Our expectation is that America’s Best Communities will help provide the right motivation, resources and rewards to support those working to make their communities the best they can be. I hope you will take a minute to think about the good that can happen when we make things a little smaller — check out the site, gather up your friends and co-workers, and submit an application today.
PRESIDENT AND CEO
DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ: DISH), through its subsidiary DISH Network L.L.C., provides approximately 14.041 million satellite TV customers, as of Sept. 30, 2014, with the highest-quality programming and technology with the most choices at the best value. Subscribers enjoy a high definition line-up with more than 200 national HD channels, the most international channels, and award-winning HD and DVR technology. DISH Network Corp. is a Fortune 250 company. Visit www.dish.com.
CoBank is enormously proud to be a corporate sponsor of the America’s Best Communities prize campaign.
Our nation depends on a strong rural America.
We depend on American farmers and ranchers for the high-quality, safe, and nutritious food we eat every day as well as the fiber that makes our lives better. We depend on the energy being produced in rural areas, which powers our cars and heats our homes. We depend on the growing exports of rural America’s businesses to drive a strong U.S. economy. We even depend on rural America for our national defense, not only in terms of vital food and, increasingly, energy security, but also because such a disproportionate number of U.S. military personnel come from rural communities. Rural America is an incredible resource – albeit one that is too often ignored or taken for granted by those who live in urban areas.
CoBank’s mission is to serve as a dependable financial partner for vital industries in rural America. We provide loans and other financial services to food and agribusiness companies throughout the country, in addition to infrastructure providers that deliver rural power, water and communications services. Through our affiliated Farm Credit associations, we also serve over 70,000 farmers and ranchers in 23 states. The ABC campaign is a natural fit for CoBank given its focus on rural economic development and community empowerment. CoBank applauds Frontier Communications, one of our longstanding communications customers, for conceiving of this innovative program. We also extend our sincere thanks to DISH for its generous support. Most of all, we look forward to seeing the proposals generated by the ABC contest, and the tangible benefits it will deliver to all communities who decide to participate.
The result will be an even stronger rural America, prepared to be an even greater contributor to our entire nation.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
CoBank is a $107 billion cooperative bank serving vital industries across rural America. The bank provides loans, leases, export financing and other financial services to agribusinesses and rural power, water and communications providers in all 50 states. The bank also provides financial services to affiliated Farm Credit associations serving farmers, ranchers and other rural borrowers in 23 states around the country. CoBank is a member of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of banks and retail lending associations chartered to support the borrowing needs of U.S. agriculture and the nation’s rural economy. Visit .
The Weather Channel television network recognizes the critical role our nation’s small towns and rural communities play in the economic health and well being of our country. We jumped at the opportunity to join with like-minded companies to offer support and investment that will stimulate economic recovery, and we are excited to be partnering with Frontier Communications, DISH Network and CoBank in the “America’s Best Communities” competition and contributing to the economic revival of rural America.
The Weather Channel has inspired viewers to explore, investigate and appreciate the experience of weather in all its forms for over 30 years. Our teams visit countless rural communities across the country to inform, educate and help them prepare for and recover from life-changing weather events. From this experience, we know that a thriving local community is an essential ingredient for success.
Too often, our nation’s small towns and rural communities feel overlooked. The ABC campaign seeks to change that. By tapping into rural America’s grit and tenacity, this competition has provided the opportunities necessary to help change the trajectory of entire communities. It has been exciting to see hope and optimism take root in these communities as they vie to be America’s best.
THE WEATHER CHANNEL TELEVISION NETWORK
About THE WEATHER CHANNEL
The Weather Channel Network: It’s Amazing Out There
For more than 30 years, The Weather Channel television network has inspired viewers to explore, investigate and appreciate the experience of weather in all its forms. One of the most widely distributed cable networks, The Weather Channel is the leader in severe weather coverage, providing the most comprehensive coverage of any media outlet, and with trusted meteorologists who analyze, forecast and report the weather – its expertise is unrivaled. The network is owned by a consortium made up of NBC Universal and the private equity firms The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital.
The Adopt-A-Community (AAC) program provides a unique opportunity for private sector companies to embrace and support the communities in the America’s Best Communities Prize Competition. Participating mentor companies have “adopted” one of the 50 Quarter-Finalist communities selected on April 29, 2015.
The AAC mentors helped with execution and go-to-market plans for the community they adopted serving as a valued strategic advisor by sharing their knowledge, skills and expertise. For a list of all participating AAC mentors click “Learn More.”