Photo: Matt Minde, Yellow Springs News, provided by Brian K. Housh of Yellow Springs Council
Yellow Springs celebrates during its New Year's Eve ball drop.
And then there were eight.
Norwood and Yellow Springs have moved onto the "Elite Eight" portion of the 2022 Strongest Towns competition
. In the annual contest, Strong Towns — a nonprofit focused on helping residents build financially sound, resourceful, equitable communities — highlights towns that have developed ground-up practices that "build resilience and prosperity," according to the nonprofit's website.
As in NCAA basketball, Norwood and Yellow Springs are competing against other nominees in bracket form, with the winner of one bracket going up against another in a series of rounds. The public votes for their favorites during each round, with the winner expected to be announced Friday, April 8.
The Greater Cincinnati towns headed to the Elite Eight after voting in the Sweet Sixteen bracket concluded earlier this month.
In this round, Norwood is battling Taylor, Texas, to advance in the contest. Meanwhile, Yellow Springs is pitted against Frankfort, Kentucky. Read what Norwood
and Yellow Springs
shared with Strong Towns in their applications, as well as information from their competitors.
Public votes will help each town advance to the next round. Votes during the Elite Eight will be accepted until noon Central on Thursday, March 17, with the bracket winners announced March 28. To vote, visit the latest Strongest Town bracket
, click a matchup, and make your choice at the bottom of the resulting page.
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