downloadFrontier Communications, DISH Network and CoBank, announced that the competition deadline for the America’s Best Communities contest will be extended to March 25, 2015. Just three months since the launch of the America’s Best Communities contest, nearly 200 communities, including Bullhead City and Kingman, have registered to compete for the $10 million of assistance focused on revitalizing small town and ruralAmerica.  Those communities — and the hundreds more eligible — will now have additional time to complete their full and final applications. The competition is designed to stimulate growth and revitalization in small cities and towns across 27 states in Frontier’s footprint. America’s Best Communities contest will help address the need for growth by identifying and investing in innovative ideas small cities and towns can use to build and sustain their local economies. The winning ideas then become available as a roadmap for growth for all rural communities across the U.S. participating in the campaign.  From coast to coast, small communities like Bullhead City and Kingman that have long worked to lure new investment and development to their areas are taking advantage of this new initiative, which presents a unique opportunity to achieve sustained economic success.  “We are proud to participate in the America’s Best Communities contest. It is a true opportunity to revitalize Bullhead City and Kingman, and come together as a community toward a common goal of positive change,” said Mark Abram, Frontier General Manager. “We’re working with residents and businesses to develop innovative plans for economic revitalization.”  Across the country, a total of 18 states—including Arizona, California, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia—are home to communities that have registered for America’s Best Communities. Those interested in learning more, or participating in the application process, can visit americasbestcommunities.com.  America’s Best Communities is a multi-stage, two and a half-year contest that provides $4 million in seed money and other support to assist communities as they develop growth and revitalization plans. The top three communities will receive a total of $6 million in prize money. Municipalities with populations of 9,500 to 80,000 and located within Frontier’s service areas are eligible to apply. Those with populations under 9,500 are encouraged to join forces and collaborate with adjacent communities to become eligible.  Once all applications are in, judges will select up to 50 qualified community applicants to be announced on April 29, 2015, each of which will be awarded $35,000 to further develop their plans and proposals.  These communities will have six months to refine and submit their final proposals in November 2015.    Up to 15 semifinalists will be selected in January 2016, and will attend America’s Best Communities summit in the spring of 2016 to present their proposals.  There, eight finalists will be selected and receive an award of $100,000 each. The prize money awarded to the eight finalists will be used to implement the communities’ proposed plans and bring them to life, while sharing their stories – and successes – along the way. The America’s Best Communities top three competition winners – those with the most innovative, effective proposals – will be awarded up to $3 million in grand prizes in April 2017.More detailed information on eligibility and how communities can apply can be found at www.americasbestcommunities.com.

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