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Selma, North Carolina and Los Altos, California vie for national recognition in Strongest Town Contest

Los Altos, California and Selma, North Carolina will face off in the first round bracket of the Strongest Town Contest, with voters from across the continent deciding which will advance to the Elite Eight round of this March Madness-style tournament. 

The Strongest Town Contest spotlights and celebrates communities that are continuously becoming more resilient and prosperous through bottom-up action. 

The winner of this year’s Strongest Town Contest will receive accommodations for a representative to attend the Strong Towns National Gathering in Charlotte, North Carolina, where they will receive an award and serve as an honored guest. Strong Towns will also produce a special video about the winning community for a national audience, holding them out as an example of how cities can build their economic resilience from the bottom-up. 

The contest is modeled after the NCAA March Madness tournament, with communities advancing in single-elimination match-ups each week throughout March and April. The winner will be announced Friday, April 14. 

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Lauren Fisher || Communications Manager for Strong Towns 

(844) 218-1681 

Gary Hedden || Greentown Board Member 

(650) 796-6118 

Kimberly Wooten || President of Activate Selma