Forum will solicit ideas for America's Best Communities contest

KINGMAN - A community forum to discuss ideas about America's Best Communities competition is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. today at Kingman Library, 3269 N. Burbank St.

Cere Tabbert, citizen volunteer for the group that's competing for a $3 million grand prize, will lead the discussion that focuses on Kingman's identity, assets and goals.

America's Best Communities competition is a $10 million rural economic development initiative sponsored by Frontier Communications, Dish Network, The Weather Channel and CoBank.

Kingman was selected as one of 50 quarterfinalists in April and received $35,000 to put together a community revitalization plan by Nov. 6. Dycom Industries, a Florida-based telecommunications company, was selected as Kingman's corporate partner and donated $15,000 to the community.

"We've been working hard to come up with innovative ideas to get the word out about Kingman, and America's Best Communities competition is a major opportunity to do exactly that," said Yvonne Woytovich, president and chief executive officer of the Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce.

Fifteen communities will be chosen as semi-finalists and someone from those communities will attend a summit in April. Eight communities will make the final round and receive $100,000 to implement their economic development plan. The grand prize winners of $3 million, $2 million and $1 million will be announced in April 2017.