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Madison Named As Semi-Finalist Community In America's Best Communities Competition
Updated January 26, 2016 3:44 AM
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(UNDATED) - Madison, Indiana, has been selected as a semi-finalist community in the America's Best Communities competition, advancing it in a competition for the first place prize of $3 million, according to a news release from America's Best Communities.

"More than 350 communities nationwide entered the competition after its launch in 2014, and 50 were selected as quarterfinalists in April 2015," the release states. "Each of the 50 was awarded $50,000 in seed money to develop a Community Revitalization Plan and were paired with a major Corporation that served as a strategic advisor as part of the competition's Adopt-a-Community Program. From this class of 50 quarterfinalist communities, the fifteen with the best plans -- those with the most innovative ideas being effectively executed -- were named semifinalists today."

The semifinalists are:

  • Lake Havasu City,Arizona
  • Charleston, West Virginia
  • Statesboro, Georgia
  • Valley County/Meadows Valley, Idaho
  • Chisago Lakes Area, Minnesota
  • Huntington, West Virginia
  • Portsmouth, Ohio
  • DeKalb, Illinois
  • Fort Dodge, Iowa
  • Darrington/Arlington, Washington
  • Valparaiso, Indiana
  • Tualatin, Oregon
  • Wenatchee/East Wenatchee, Washington
  • Madison, Indiana
  • Angola/Fremont, Indiana

The America's Best Communities competition has dedicated $10 million in prizes and other support to spark revitalization in small towns and rural communities. It is sponsored by Frontier Communications (, DISH Network, CoBank and The Weather Channel.

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