Norwood and Yellow Springs Enter 2022 Strongest Cities Contest | cultural | Cincinnati

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March Madness is coming, but there’s another type of Sweet 16 in Greater Cincinnati that doesn’t involve an orange ball.

Two regional cities are vying to be named the strongest in the country. In its annual Strongest Town competition, Strong Towns – a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping residents build financially healthy, resourceful and equitable communities – included Norwood and Yellow Springs as Sweet 16 contestants. The competition highlights cities that have developed core practices that “build resilience and prosperity,” according to the nonprofit’s website.

As in NCAA basketball, Norwood and Yellow Springs face other nominees in bracket form, with the winner of one bracket facing another in a series of rounds. The public votes for their favorites in each round, with the winner to be announced on Friday, April 8.

Strong Towns named Norwood and Yellow Springs in its Sweet 16 category on Feb. 28 after both towns submitted nominations. “Applicants answered questions on a range of topics, from how they approach transportation to economic resilience to housing choices,” the nonprofit says on its website.

In the first round, Norwood battles Chauncey, Ohio to advance in the contest (Chauncey is about 160 miles east of Cincinnati, near Athens). Meanwhile, Yellow Springs is pitted against Salem, Mass. Read the questionnaire responses from Norwood and Yellow Springs, as well as their competitors.

Public votes will help each city advance to the next round. Votes during the Sweet 16 will be accepted until noon Central on Thursday, March 3, with contenders for this round being announced on March 8. To vote, visit the Strongest Town support, click on a match and make your choice at the bottom of the resulting page. .

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