Statesboro named semifinalist in 'America's Best Communities' campaign

Statesboro named semifinalist in 'America's Best Communities' campaign

STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) - Volunteers in Statesboro hope they can earn the title "America's Best Community" and win millions to revitalize part of the city.

A stretch of South Main from the university campus to downtown could get a huge makeover as Statesboro goes further and further in this national contest. Volunteers could barely contain themselves at the news that Statesboro moves to the semifinals in the America's Best Communities campaign.

This team has done so much work and put together a presentation. Am I excited, yes! Am I surprised? No," said Mayor Jan Moore.

The community uses video messages and more to convince the national sponsors they're deserving of the $3 million prize to revitalize what they've labelled "The Blue Mile on South Main".

"This contest is about getting communities to develop a plan. We already had a plan," said Phyllis Thompson, Chamber of Commerce.

After celebrating Wednesday, they get to work as one of 15 semifinalists.

"There are 14 other communities and I've seen the other plans and I think we have a good chance of making the next round," said Jaclyn Cason, manager at Frontier Communications.

They're already busy making sure they make the finalists named in April.

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