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01 Sep

Vision 20/20 finds ways to fund dreams

Havasu News Staff reports

Havasu’s America’s Best Communities Contest team has collected more than $61,000 in community and public donations so far.

The team is working to create an economic development plan that will focus on lowering the city’s median age while addressing some areas of concern.

 The contest is sponsored by Frontier Communications, which has awarded the city $100,000 to prove it can advance its economic development goals with a solid plan. The city stands to win as much as $3.5 million in the competition and is now one of eight finalists.

To help the team along to the final competition next April, several private donors have contributed funds, along with some public entities. The Partnership for Economic Development and the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, each tax-funded organizations, have collectively put forward $19,257. Lake Havasu City has chipped in $5,000.

So far, the group has spent $17,098 on supplies and permits. Partnership for Economic Development President James Gray during a meeting Thursday that he expects teams to begin spending more as efforts advance.