In late April, a delegation from southern Ohio will travel to the America’s Best Communities Summit in Durham, North Carolina.
At the summit the delegation will present before a panel of judges on why Portsmouth is America’s Best Community.
Prior to the summit a number of activities have taken place to help convince contest judges on why the community deserves this distinction.
The first of three videos was released recently, detailing the pride people have in the community.
The first video is an interview type setting, talking with a hand full of influential people in the community.
“It’s (first video released) an introductory overview of the back story of how we developed our community revitalization plan, and an overview of our community revitalization plan,” said Jason Kester, Executive Director of the Southern Ohio Port Authority.
As a part of the contest participating communities developed community revitalization plan, detailing what could be done to enhance the community with the prize money.
Kester said Portsmouth’s Revitalization Plan has a lot to do with improving and enhancing the river front.
Featured in the video is Robert Dafford muralist and Dr. John Lorentz, who helped produce a documentary on the floodwall murals called, Beyond
“(Dafford and Lorentz) have been working on various riverfront projects for decades, also provided comments on the importance of our plan in the scheme of the greater improvements along the river to include the murals,” Kester said.
He said the second video will highlight current efforts to make the community great. The second video will be released soon, the third video will premier at Portsmouth Day with the Cincinnati Reds.
For the third video local musician Shane Runyon, wrote a song, expressing the importance of community pride. Parts of this video were filmed in various locations throughout the historic districts of Portsmouth.
All three videos will be available on the Portsmouth, Ohio-America’s Best Community, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter following their release.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 1933 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT