Bentonville is moving up in the Strong Towns competition.
The Northwest Arkansas city has made it to round two, after knocking out Norfolk, Va. to in the first round. Voting is ongoing to determine the winner of the second round, which pits Bentonville against Kenmore, Wash. Individuals can vote for the second round contestants through Thursday, March 25 at 12 p.m.
Now in its sixth year, the Strong Towns Contest recognizes U.S. cities and towns that are “building stronger and more financially resilient communities.” Cities were nominated and voted on, with cities being selected after a further application process.
“We’re not necessarily looking for those communities that somehow already have it made; we’re more interested in highlighting towns and cities who are doing the hard work of becomingstronger, putting in place the processes, systems, and commitments that build enduring resilience and long-term prosperity,” according to the Strong Towns website.
Last year, Watertown, South Dakota was declared the Strongest Town winner.
This year, the other second round cities include Oxford, Miss.; Yellow Springs, Ohio; Middleton, Wis.; Lockport, Ill.; Bismarck, North Dakota; and Northfield, Vt.
The winner of the Bentonville vs. Kenmore round will face off against either Oxford, Miss. or Yellow Springs, Ohio in the third round. The winner of this round will compete in the final round, which will determine the Strong Towns ultimate winner.
Once the second round is finished, the final four towns will be announced on Tuesday, March 30 with voting continuing until Friday, April 2. The championship round will launch on Monday, April 5 and continue through Thursday, April 8, with the winner announced on Friday, April 9.
Votes can be cast here.