City of Davis logoThe City of Davis announced last week that it will go head-to-head with 15 other American cities starting Monday, March 4, in the ninth annual Strongest Town Contest hosted by Strong Towns. Help vote for Davis each week starting March 4 to make Davis the “Strongest Town” in the nation at:

Cities are nominated based on what they are doing to make their communities stronger and more resilient, such as decreasing the negative impacts of parking or driving, creating safer streets, improving public engagement, building financial transparency or showing what makes their cities so special.

Every week, community members must vote for the City of their choice in this bracket-style voting tournament. Cities will advance over five rounds, one round a week, based on the number of votes they get. In the first round, Davis will compete with three other cities in a special category based on their achievements. Strong Towns selected Davis for the “Building Better Budgets” category. Then, all cities will advance to Round 2 to compete head-to-head. The five rounds of weekly voting are as follows:

• Round 1: Meet Your Contestants/Special Category (March 4–8)
• Round 2: Sweet Sixteen (March 11–15)
• Round 3: Elite Eight (March 18–22)
• Round 4: Final Four (April 1–5)
• Round 5: Championship (April 8–12)

The winning City will be announced on Monday, April 15, and will be honored at the Strong Towns National Gathering. Strong Towns will also create a short documentary about the winning City.

Strong Towns is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides knowledge and tools to help cities transform their streets and communities through articles, podcasts, videos, live events and City partnerships, they. Sign up to receive contest updates at:

City of Davis press contact: Barbara Archer, barcher@cityofdavis.org530-400-3418
Strong Towns press contact: Karen Douglas, karen@strongtowns.org844-218-1681