After making its final pitch in the America’s Best Communities competition yesterday, Lake Havasu City captured the second place prize of $ 2 million dollars.
For the past nearly three years, Lake Havasu City representatives in a variety of walks of life have worked diligently to capture the grand prize of $3 million in the America’s Best Communities competition.
About a year ago, Lake Havasu City learned that it had passed the hurdle to become one of the eight finalists out of a field of 15.
That hurdle garnered the city a $100,000 prize grant from competition sponsors Frontier Communications, DISH Network, CoBank and The Weather Channel. That prize empowered the finalists to bring their economic revitalization strategies to life.
Vision 20/20 outlined Lake Havasu City’s plan for a future of growth. A town hall meeting in January brought the Vision 20/20 plans to a group of about 150. These plans included a co-location building for small businesses that require a space to work professionally, a downtown catalyst project to revitalize the downtown McCulloch Boulevard area, and an eco-environment center which will be located off State Route 95 on the south end of Lake Havasu City.
The eight finalists stretch across the country: Chicago Lakes Area, Minn.; Darrington/Arlington, Wash.; Huntington, W.Va.; Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; Madison, Ind.; Statesboro, Ga.; Tualatin, Ore.; and Valley County/Meadows Valley, Idaho.
The prizes were as follows:
1st: Huntington, W.Va.
2nd: Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
3rd: Statesboro, Ga.
For further information on the contest, visit https://americasbestcommunities.com/