The city of Huntington is the first place winner of America’s Best Communities competition. The announcement came Wednesday night. Huntington officials in Denver, Colorado, received a $3 million award to be used on local revitalization efforts.
Huntington was one of the 8 finalists last April and has already received $100,000.
As part of Huntington’s entry into the competition, the city identified four areas of improvement within the community where prize money would be spent. All four are part of the Huntington Innovation Project. It includes working to turn around the old industrial sites in the Highlawn neighborhood; continuing development of a work incubator in the city’s west end at the West Edge factory; revitalization of the Fairfield neighborhood through a Health Innovation Corridor, and finally, the development of broadband, or internet access, throughout the city.
The third place winner was Statesboro, Georgia which received $1 million: the second place winner was Lake Havasu City, Arizon which received $2 million.
The competition was sponsored by, Frontier Communications, DISH Network, CoBank and The Weather channel.