York has been selected as a top 16 finalist in the Strong Towns “Strongest Town” contest--a March Madness-style bracket-based competition to find the strongest town. According to Strong Towns: “We know that no town is perfect. This contest is about showcasing towns that are doing their best to be strong, that have the building blocks in place to be strong towns today and in the future.”
Voting will happen this week, starting Monday, February 27. Please stay tuned and help us spread the word and get out the vote! Voting for the first round will end Thursday at 11pm.
About the Contest:
Throughout the next month, Strong Towns, a national nonprofit working to strengthen
financial resilience in America’s cities, towns and neighborhoods, 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, and 16 towns have now been selected to compete in a bracket-based
competition to determine whose is the strongest. Towns are judged based on criteria like
financial solvency, citizen engagement, transportation options and ability to adapt to new
challenges. Learn more about Strong Towns principles here:
From February 27 - March 24, readers of the Strong Towns website will be invited to
vote for the strongest town in daily bracket-based match ups, much like the NCAA’s
March Madness tournament. First round voting will be based on answers to a short series
of questions, and subsequent rounds will include photo essays, podcast recordings and a
final webinar showdown for the championship.
The 16 towns selected for the initial competition are: Traverse City, MI; York, PA;
Wollongong, Australia; Ellsworth, ME; Bellingham, WA; San Francisco, CA;
Greenfield, IN; Valparaiso, IN; Wausau, WI; Fitchburg, WI; Brampton, ON, Canada;
Guelph, ON, Canada; Killeen, TX; Lafayette, LA; Lowell, MA; and Quincy, MA.
Follow the competition at strongtowns.org/strongesttown.
About Strong Towns:
Strong Towns is 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. Strong Towns reaches an audience of more than 80,000
readers and listeners per month, and has over 1,500 members. Learn more at