Arlington and Darrington fell short of the grand prize in the America’s Best Communities contest, which was announced Wednesday.
Huntington, W.Va. won first place and $3 million in prize money for economic revitalization. Lake Havasu City, Ariz. took second, and Statesboro, Ga. won third place. Second and third place winners will receive $2 million and $1 million, respectively.
Communities presented to a panel in Denver Wednesday how they would best use the cash award to create community engagement and long-term revitalization. Community improvements could be related to small businesses, education, housing, or infrastructure.
The four other finalists were from Valley County/Meadows Valley, Idaho; Tualatin, Ore.; Madison, Ind.; and Chisago Lakes area, Minn.
The ceremony was live streamed on the America’s Best Communities Facebook page.