NORWICH – A celebration was held Monday night as the Greater Norwich area has been named one of the 50 quarterfinalists in the America’s Best Communities (ABC) competition.
Greater Norwich – comprised of not only the City of Norwich but also North Norwich and the Town of Norwich – is in the running to potentially receive millions of dollars to revitalize the area.
The dinner and celebration was held at the Canasawacta Country Club Monday night, and area business leaders were in attendance, in addition to Norwich Mayor Joseph Maiurano and Assemblyman Clifford Crouch.
Frontier Communications’ Area General Manager Claudia Maroney said that this idea came about last September, and she extended gratitude to the additional sponsors supporting the competition, including DishNetwork and The Weather Channel.
“As Chairman and CEO of Frontier for the past ten years, I have traveled and spent time in many of the communities we serve,” said Maggie Wilderotter. “I have seen a great sense of camaraderie and was inspired by how people come together to work for the better of their community.”
“We know how great of a community this is,” said Maroney. “We are one of 50 left in the running, which awarded us $35,000. Chobani, our strategic mentor, was gracious enough to donate $50,000.”
Maroney acknowledged Jeff Genung, Chobani’s Senior Manager of Corporate Communications, for Chobani’s assistance and contribution to the efforts.
As quarterfinalists in the ABC competition, Maroney said a Go Pro camera was awarded, with which videos have been captured, highlighting the exciting and important facets of the area.
She explained that the winners of the competition will be awarded $3 million for first place, $2 million for second, and $1 million for first.
It was explained that Frontier spans 28 states currently, but it soon will add Texas, California and Florida to its list of supplied areas.
“Sherburne is one of our largest call centers,” said Maroney. “We work very closely with veterans, and we have been recognized as a military friendly employer.”
“Frontier Communications is proud and confident in our Chenango team as we move toward the finish line,” said Maroney.
“This is such a great community,” said Assemblyman Clifford Crouch. “We live here because we want to. We stayed here. We choose to stay here.”
Crouch recalled when he was bringing some visitors here down Route 12. “They couldn’t believe a city this small could support a YMCA,” Crouch said. “And to think, that was the old YMCA.”
Said Crouch, “Just keep pushing. Support a lot of projects. Good luck to everyone who was a part of this, and for making it real.”
Norwich’s Mayor Joseph Maiurano said to the crowd, “One of the great things about this community is you. Take a look at every table … it’s you.”