ADTRAN would like to congratulate Valparaiso, Indiana for being chosen as a semifinalist in the $10 million America’s Best Communities competition, sponsored by Frontier Communications, DISH Network, The Weather Channel and CoBank. The competition is designed to recognize and reward communities that demonstrate vision and entrepreneurial spirit, as well as a commitment to improve lives and stimulate their local economy. We’ve supported and counseled the city in the development of its Community Revitalization Plan and we’re very excited they had been chosen as one of the 15 semifinalists in the competition.

The city of Valparaiso’s plans involve developing an interactive Creative District to further cultivate community arts and culture activity. The Creative District will maximize new technologies, such as digital media, to make Valparaiso more dynamic, and will offer residents of all ages a special place to gather, interact and find meaningful work.

Valparaiso is creating a unique interactive cultural experience for the community and cultivating a strong community partnership among businesses, artists, students and more. The town has worked tirelessly to create an innovative and an impactful plan that its community will not only benefit from economically, but also enjoy. With our focus on enabling communities and connecting lives, we are incredibly proud of Valpo’s success and look forward to our continued partnership in the competition.

As a semifinalist, Valparaiso will attend the ABC Prize Summit April 26-27 in Durham, NC where they will present their plan to a panel of judges. From there, 8 finalists will receive an additional $100,000 to begin implementing their plans. In April 2017, the top 3 communities making the largest impact and showing the greatest potential for achieving sustained revitalization will be selected as the grand prize winners. The first place community will receive $3 million, second place will receive $2 million and $1 million for third place.

For more on America’s Best Communities and its Adopt-a-Community Program, visit Watch this video to see first-hand what this competition means to the town and its residents.