The city is one of three top winning communities in the three-year competition among about 350 other cities from around the country. Huntington officials in Denver, Colorado, received a $3 million award to be used on local revitalization efforts.
Huntington, West Virginia, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and Statesboro, Georgia placed first, second and third. The announcement came Wednesday night.
Revamping the city's Highlawn neighborhood by enhancing factories and building a research hub for plastic products, adjacent to St. Mary's Medical Center location.
All projects, including Marshall, the area hospitals and the city's downtown, will be connected to high speed internet access.
"We're not successful if it doesn't bleed into the rest of the community so that we can be able to address substandard housing", Williams said.
By crowdsourcing new ideas to revitalize rural America, the campaign has helped identify innovative solutions that can serve as roadmaps to economic revival for other small and medium-sized communities across the U.S. The competition's organizers are encouraging local leaders across the country to view the communities' revitalization plans, which are available publicly at the America's Best Communities website.
The competition started out with more than 300 communities in 2014.
With its $2 million prize, Lake Havasu City will accelerate its Vision 20/20 plan, which focuses on five pillars: economic development and job creation, education and workforce talent, tourism and place development, water preservation and management, and community engagement.
The grand prize went to Huntington, West Virginia.