A crowd in the City Council Chambers shows its disappointment after finding out Arlington-Darrington did not place in the top three in the America’s Best Communities competition, missing out on millions of dollars that would have helped the area rebuild after the deadly Oso landslide. (Douglas Buell/Staff Photo)

Arlington makes top 8 but misses out on big ABC money

  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017 1:14pm
  • News

ARLINGTON – Arlington-Darrington did not place in the top three of the America’s Best Communities, as announced at 4:15 p.m. today.

First-place prize of $3 million went to Huntington, WV.

Second place of $2 million went to Lake Havasu City, AZ.

Third place of $1 million went to Statesboro, GA.

About 35 disappointed people watched the announcement in City Council Chambers in Arlington.

The Arlington/Darrington team earned $150,000 in prize grants from America’s Best Communities, a $10 million community revitalization competition sponsored by Frontier Communications, DISH Network, CoBank and The Weather Channel, since the campaign was launched in September 2014. About 350 communities entered the competition, and the Arlington/Darrington team was one of just eight that advanced to the final round.

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