The America in Bloom registration deadline is looming – February 28. Towns that participate in the program receive benefits ranging from making the town a better place to live, work, play and visit, to increased civic pride to increased property values.
You can learn all about America in Bloom, get help to organize your town’s participation efforts, and also check out the registration process at www.americainbloom.org. (You can also look at the list of towns or cities that have already signed up!) Registration fee is on a sliding scale based on population size.
Between May and August, judges spend two days in each town consulting with residents. They develop an extensive written evaluation that provides feedback on where towns excel and suggestions for further initiatives. To date, participants include more than 170 towns and cities from 38 states. For some towns, the annual America in Bloom competition has become a way of life, as volunteers look forward to working together on visible improvements.
Contest Chairman and AIB board member, Jack Clasen, PhD, said, “I’m excited about the 2010 program because we have assembled the best team of experienced, professional judges in the history of the program. In fact, registrations to date have exceeded those in past years and we’re looking forward to a challenging and exciting competition. Our towns and cities raise the bar of excellence every year.”
To register, go to www.americainbloom.org.
America in Bloom is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting nationwide beautification programs and personal and community involvement through the use of flowers, plants, trees, and other environmental and lifestyle enhancements. America in Bloom provides educational programs, resources, and the challenge of a friendly competition between participating communities across the country.