TR celebrated as quarterfinalist in
America’s Best Communities competition

Legislative tribute – From left: Andrew Haan, associate director of governor’s office for urban and metropolitan initiatives, Christy Trammell, president and CEO of Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce, Lindsay Oswald, St. Joseph County Clerk, Melissa Bliss, Foundation Administrator for Three Rivers Area Community Foundation and Three Rivers Mayor Tom Lowry, holding a legislative tribute from the State of Michigan during the America’s Best Communities competition celebration. Commercial-News/Jessica Smith

Community wins $50,000 for
economic revitalization

By Jessica Smith
Staff Writer

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 9:58 AM EDT
THREE RIVERS — The city of Three Rivers, along with Fabius, Lockport and Park townships, was selected to be a quarterfinalist in a competition called America’s Best Communities, which aims to help small towns and cities in the United States revitalize their economy.A celebration took place Monday evening at Belle Epoque to recognize the community for making it as a quarterfinalist. A check of $50,000 was presented to Three Rivers; the funds will go toward economic redevelopment and restructuring of the community. The final prize is a $3 million grant for full economic revitalization of a community.State representatives and community members from the city of Three Rivers and Fabius, Lockport and Park townships attended the event.

George Meskowski, general manager of Frontier Communications, who is one of the sponsors of the competition, presented the check.

“The competition really aims to inspire the revitalization of small town America. The approach is to engage the small towns and cities across America through this unique contest. The way they set them up was to get the project started and take it to the next level,” Meskowski explained. The project takes place in steps and communities that advance in the competition are awarded a higher grant to continue with their economic revitalization plans.

State representative Aaron Miller attended the event and presented a legislative tribute to the community.

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