If Lake Havasu City takes the top prize, it could win up to $3 million in grant money for revitalization.
"The opportunity to collectively develop a defined revitalization plan utilizing community support was too hard to pass up," said James Gray, marketing manager for Lake Havasu City's Partnership for Economic Development. "Also, $3 million first prize is a healthy incentive."
All cities and towns in the Frontier Communications service areas with populations between 9,500 and 80,000 were eligible to apply. The contest is sponsored by Frontier Communications and DISH Network; 350 communities across the country began submitting applications in September 2014.
In April, Lake Havasu City was selected as one of 50 cities to advance to the quarterfinals, during which contestants were required to create a community-revitalization plan focused on economic development, raise a certain amount of funds, outline two budget proposals and provide video and blog submissions.
Of those 50, 15 were selected as semifinalists.
Lake Havasu City is competing against such cities as Charleston, W.Va.; Fort Dodge, Iowa; Valparaiso, Ind.; and Wenatchee, Wash. Other semifinalist cities are Statesboro, Ga.; Valley County/Meadows Valley, Idaho; Chisago Lakes Area, Minn.; Huntington, W.Va.; Portsmouth, Ohio; DeKalb, Ill.; Darrington/Arlington, Wash.; Tualatin, Ore.; Madison, Ind.; and Angola/Fremont, Ind.
Lake Havasu City’s community-revitalization plan, Vision 20/20, focuses on improving education; managing water resources; diversifying the city’s economic base; maintaining and expanding tourism; and improving community engagement.
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