The City of Jasper has concluded its participation in the America’s Best Communities contest at the quarterfinalist level.
In a news release Wednesday morning the city announced that Jasper was not among the fifteen communities across the country that moved on to the semi-finalist round.
However, members of the city’s ABC Team are proud of the community’s accomplishments and for being recognized as a quarterfinalist in the very competitive endeavor.
America’s Best Communities is a $10 million competition that aims to revitalize small towns and rural communities across the country. About 400 communities entered the competition, and Jasper was among 50 nationwide that were selected to advance into the quarterfinals.
The contest enabled creation of a team of visionary champions known as ABC Team Jasper, to promote the City of Jasper’s Downtown + Riverfront Master Plan, a document which propelled Jasper in the early round of the ABC contest.
Winnings from the quarterfinalist prize designation provided support for the historic Astra theatre, downtown revitalization and streetscape design planning, and the Jasper Cultural Center’s conceptual design.
Jasper Mayor Terry Seitz says while participation in the ABC contest is complete, ABC Team Jasper plans to continue meeting to build upon the city’s vision and momentum within the community, doing their part of driving generational change.
Seitz says the focus of the team will not change and that advocacy, involvement, communication, thought leadership, and fundraising will be the mission of the team of passionate community members.
ABC Team Jasper recognizes and thanks the hundreds of community members who have engaged in many ways as part of this contest and the city’s master planning efforts. They say the passion, pride, and pure spirit of the people of Jasper are enduring assets.
More information about Jasper’s journey in the contest can be found on the ABC Team Jasper Facebook page at facebook.com/Jasper-IN-Americas-Best-Communities.