Tis the season for brackets and we've got one we think is almost as good as the real deal NCAA march madness: A bracket-based competition to pick the strongest town in the world. Read all about it here. We received initial submissions from three different countries, from towns big and small, north, south, east and west. This contest is a chance for all sorts of towns to show us what they're doing right, why they're wonderful places to be, and how they're planning for a strong future.
We're pleased to present the 2017 Strongest Town bracket, beginning with our Sweet 16 competitors:
We encourage you to download a copy of the bracket and fill it out yourself with your bets on the winner. Strong Towns staff will share their brackets in a future article and discuss on the Strong Towns podcast.
Over the next two days, we'll be publishing the first round of submissions and inviting your votes on each of eight match-ups. Voting closes on Thursday, March 2 at 11pm CT.
Vote for the Strongest Towns in these match-ups:
In the final match-up for the first round of our #StrongestTown contest, it's time for you to help us choose which of these Massachusetts towns is the strongest.
Texas and Louisiana towns face off in this round of our Strongest Town Contest. Cast your votes.
This Strongest Town Contest match-up is our Canadian edition, featuring two Ontario towns. We need your votes to decide which is the strongest.
Two Wisconsin towns compete in the Sweet 16 round of our Strongest Town Contest. Vote for the strongest!
Two Indiana towns face off in this Sweet 16 match up for our Strongest Town Contest. Which is the strongest?
It's a west coast showdown in the Sweet 16 round of our Strongest Town Contest. Vote to help choose the winner.
We're going international with this one: Wollongong, Australia goes head to head with Ellsworth, Maine. Who will come out on top?
The first match-up in our Strongest Town Contest (Sweet 16 round) pits a Michigan town against a Pennsylvania town. Your votes will determine the strongest!
(All graphics created by Matthias Leyrer)