CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - Carbondale Main Street will not continue on in America's Best Communities Prize Competition after not being selected as one of fifteen semifinalists in the competition.
The competition was first created by Frontier Communications as a way to encourage communities to flourish economically and developmentally, and is funded by Frontier along with The Weather Channel, Dish Network, and CoBank.
In April of 2015 Carbondale Main Street was selected as one of 50 quarterfinalists in the competition and was granted $50,000 in order to create a Community Revitalization Plan along with the help and support of the City of Carbondale and ConnectSI.
The final project was a "playbook" which described numerous community-involved objectives centered around gigabit fiber, one of the city's newest resources.
The list of fifteen semifinalists in the competition was recently announced, but Carbondale's project was not included.
Despite this, city leaders are proud of the work they and their teams have done.
Meghan Cole, Executive Direct of Carbondale Main Street, said "The Playbook is a document that the team is extremely proud of. Throughout our journey in this competition, from the beginning, to becoming Quarterfinalists, to now, our team has come together, learned a lot, and helped to make our community better. We are extremely grateful for this experience."
Those interested in viewing the playbook can download it by visiting http://carbondalemainstreet.com/.