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We Hear You America: How the 2011 Campaign Made Winning Towns Better

Find out how lucky winners of Reader's Digest We Hear You America prize grants used their funds to make their communities better.

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    In 2011, residents of more than 50% of the cities, towns and villages in the U.S. cast their votes in the inaugural Reader’s Digest We Hear You America campaign. The top 20 vote-getting towns received grants that allowed them to kick off (or complete) projects to make their communities even better places to live.

    Read on for an introduction to some of those winning towns, and stay tuned for more 2011 success stories.

    Want to help your town get the support it deserves? Vote in the 2012 We Hear You America campaign now!

    Edinburg, VA

    Population: 813 (2000 Census)
    Prize: Round 2: Category-based (Population 99,999 or less) Municipal Runner-Up Prize of $10,000
    For: Restoring the historic mill

    Find out more about Edinburg's project

    Albion, MI

    Population: 9,144 (2000 census)
    Prize: $10,000
    For: Reviving a theater and hosting youth activities

    Find out more about Albion's projects

    St. Johns, MI

    Population: 813 (2000 Census)
    Prize: Round 1: Municipal Runner-Up Prize of $10,000
    For: Building a water spray park

    Find out more about St. Johns' project

    Jacksonville, IL

    Population: 18,940 (2000 Census)
    Prize: Round 1: Category-based (Population 99,999 or less) Municipal Runner-Up Prize of $10,000
    For: A July Fourth festival and fireworks display

    Find out more about Jacksonville's project

    Manchester, NH

    Population: 109,565 (2010 Census)
    Prize: $10,000
    For: Refurbishing a community art gallery

    Find out more about Manchester's project

    Boley, OK

    Population: 1,126 (2000 Census)
    Prize: Round 2: Municipal Runner-Up Prize of $10,000
    For: "Keep Boley Clean"

    Find out more about Boley's project

    Armada, MI

    Population: 1,573 (2010 Census)
    Prize: Round 2: Municipal Runner-Up Prize of $10,000
    For: A skateboard and bike park

    Find out more about Armada's project

    Galesburg, IL

    Population: 34,195 (2010 Census)
    Prize: Round 2: Second-Place Municipal Prize of $25,000
    For: Youth programs and facility upgrades

    Find out more about Galesburg's project

    San Jose, CA

    Population: 945,942 (2010 Census)
    Prize: Round 2: Category-based (Population of 500,000 or more) Municipal Runner-Up Prize of $10,000
    For: Anti-gang summer youth initiatives

    Find out more about San Jose's project

    Rancho Cordova, CA

    Population: 64,776 (2010 Census)
    Prize: Round 2: Grand Prize of $40,000
    For: A town Christmas tree and ice rink

    Find out more about Rancho Cordova's project

    Crescent City, CA

    Population: 7,643 (2010 Census)
    Prize: Round 2: Municipal Runner-Up Prize of $10,000
    For: Rebuilding the harbor

    Find out more about Crescent City's project

    Greensboro, NC

    Population: 269,666 (2010 Census)
    Prize: Round 1: Category-based (Population 250,000-499,999) Municipal Runner-Up Prize of $10,000
    For: local Red Cross and United Way chapters

    Find out more about Greensboro's project

    Aurora, IL

    Population: 197,899 (2010 Census)
    Prize: Category-based (Population 100,000-249,999) Municipal Runner-Up Prize of $10,000
    For: Festival of Lights

    Find out more about Aurora's project

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    • Kim

      I would like to know how we did.??? please 
      For braman oklahoma,74632 
      We are such a small town! Not a city, but every one dont such a good job for me, And i want to brag on them.. So please let me know… please Thank you..kim