March Madness City Style — Kent’s in the Sweet 16!
We’re big fans of the Strong Towns organization and their advocacy for walkable and liveable communities so when we saw a competition they were sponsoring recognizing communities for applying those urban design principles in their towns, we went ahead and threw Kent’s name in for consideration.
As you can read in their email and press release below, we made the first cut and are in the round of Sweet 16!
To advance in the tournament we’ll need people to vote for Kent online this week. We’re trying to talk it up and rally Kent for Kent.
Kent’s up against 16 cities from around the country, and we’re honored to even make it in, but now that we’re in, we kind of want to make it to the championship round.
We’re not sure who Kent will be matched up against today but I noticed that the first game posted today was Twins Falls Idaho vs. San Bruno California.
Please check back and show Kent some love in our opener.
Email from Strong Towns
Your town has been selected for the Strongest Town competition. Please notify your teammates. Thank you for applying; we’re excited by the energy and enthusiasm this contest has generated and we’re pleased to include your town among the competitors. I’m keeping this email as brief as possible but there is some important information below that could affect your participation in this contest, so please take note.
Here’s how this is going to work: On Monday and Tuesday of next week, we’re publishing four articles with match-ups in the Sweet Sixteen phase of the contest. In each article, we’ll include the answers these towns submitted for their initial application and give our readers (you included) the chance to vote between each match-up. We’ll update this page on our website regularly with all the match-ups and brackets. Please take a look at the many other fantastic towns selected to participate as well.
On Friday, March 9, we’ll tally all your votes and come up with our Elite Eight. If you’re among those winners, we’ll notify you then. At that point, you’ll need to spring into action and email us 5 photos of your town with short (2-5 sentences) descriptions of what’s in them by Monday, March 12 in order to participate in the next step of the competition. If you’ll be busy during the weekend of March 10-11, you may want to think about taking or locating some photos now in case you are selected for the next round.
The other phases of this competition include a short podcast recording with a Strong Towns staff member for the final four (mark your calendar for March 19-20) and a showdown webinar (March 26) for the championship round. We’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, we encourage you to share the attached press release about this contest with your local news outlets, government leaders and community organizations.
Feel free to contact me with any questions.