City loses bid for ABC semifinalists

To continue with Revitalization Plan for community

Staff Reports

TROY — Frontier Communications announced Wednesday morning that Troy was not among 15 communities from across the United States that were named semifinalists in the America’s Best Communities (ABC) competition.

However, Troy’s Revitalization Committee for ABC says it will independently pursue the Community Revitalization Plan that has been developed, emphasizing its importance for the future of the community.

Revitalization Committee Co-Chairman Mayor Mike Beamish said the city’s journey to an even better community through plan implementation would continue.

“This Community Revitalization Plan has set us on a bold course to create a more progressive, prosperous place to live and work, and I am excited for the opportunity to bring this vision into reality,” Beamish said.

“The year 2016 promises to be an exciting time and we’re looking forward with the Revitalization Plan to a bright, more vibrant future for the entire community and region,” Beamish said. “We’re honored to have been selected through the ABC competition to participate in this introspection and we will most definitely be capitalizing on the momentum and excitement that has already been generated to continue implementing the initiatives we’ve identified.”

Troy was one of 50 communities selected last year to advance to the ABC quarterfinals.

With the selection, Troy was awarded $35,000 by the contest sponsors — Frontier Communications, DISH Network, CoBank and The Weather Channel and $15,000 by JP Morgan Chase to develop the Plan. The Troy Development Council contributed more than $15,000 to the effort. This funding generated a new website and video project and supported the development of the Community Connection Center in Downtown Troy.

During the quarter-finalist phase of the contest, the committee was able to reach out to more than 5,000 Troy area residents to find out that they liked about Troy and what they thought were the city’s greatest challenges. This input was used to develop and prioritize the Revitalization Plan.

The Revitalization Plan will:

• Provide a new sustainable leadership program

• Provide a communication platform through which information on what is happening across the community is available quickly and efficiently

Create a comprehensive downtown/riverfront redevelopment plan

• Support the development of a well-connected community through improved technology infrastructure.

“This plan effectively lays out the steps we need to take to become the community we know we can be,” Ed Westmeyer, the Troy Revitalization Committee co-chairman, said.

Westmeyer said that going forward, the Revitalization Plan and initiatives will fall under the “Connected Community Initiative (CCI).” The Connected Community Initiative will incorporate all which has been done within the ABC competition including the Community Connection Center in downtown Troy. Additional information about CCI will be available in near future.

The Troy Development Council is the primary economic development and workforce development organization serving the Troy Ohio area. The organization is supported by the City of Troy and over forty leading businesses, educational organizations and community leaders. The Troy Development Council was created in 1984.

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To continue with Revitalization Plan for community
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