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Traverse City is in the Strongest Town Competition Final Four

by Missy Luick
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

March 13, 2017



Contact:     Russ Soyring, Planning Director (231) 922-4465

Strongest Town Competition

March 13, 2017 – 4 PM


Traverse City is in the Final Four

TRAVERSE CITY- Strong Towns, a national media organization whose mission is to advocate for a model of development that allows America's cities, towns and neighborhoods to grow financially strong and resilient is hosting a competition to determine the strongest town in America.

This is the second annual “Strongest Town Contest” and this year, Strong Towns is pleased to announce that it received applications from communities in three different countries. Teams of applicants (including government staff, citizen activists and nonprofit leaders) were invited to apply to the contest by answering a series of questions about their community.  Traverse City was one of 16 communities selected to compete in a bracket-based competition to determine whose is the strongest. Towns were initially judged on criteria such as financial solvency, citizen engagement, transportation options and ability to adapt to new challenges.

So far, Traverse City outlasted York, Pennsylvania in a close vote to make it to the Elite Eight.  This hard fought victory was followed by a comfortable win against Ellsworth, Maine.  Traverse City is now facing Valparaiso, Indiana in the Final Four in what is likely to be a competitive Midwest matchup.  

The 4 towns remaining in the contest are Traverse City, MI; Valparaiso, IN; Guelph, ON, Lafayette, LA.  Voting is now open for the Traverse City vs. Valparaiso bracket at  Voting ends this Thursday at 10 PM Eastern Standard time.