Huntington Wish List


Jack Houvouras

Jack Houvouras

Huntington, West Virginia: America’s Best Community. That has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?

In case you’re out of the loop, Huntington recently beat out more than 350 communities across the country to claim this prestigious title and $3 million. The competition, sponsored by Frontier Communications, DISH Network, The Weather Channel and CoBank, challenged small cities across America to come up with a comprehensive plan to stimulate economic revitalization in their respective communities.

The prize money will now be used to implement Huntington’s innovative plan to stimulate growth in three of our city’s regions. A tip of the cap to Mayor Steve Williams and the team of dedicated volunteers who spent the last three years working on the winning proposal. You can read more about the competition and Huntington’s plans for the future on page 30 of this issue.

The ABC competition got me thinking, “In what other ways can we make our community even better?” After mulling it over, I came up with my personal wish list. I didn’t include any pie in the sky dreams. Instead, I kept my ideas simple and attainable:

I’m sure there are numerous items missing from my wish list. If you have some good ideas of your own, then please let me know. You can email me directly, or reach out to us on or tweet us @HQ_Magazine. As a matter of fact, look for an upcoming article in HQ titled, “What Huntington Needs: We Asked, You Answered.” Who knows? One of your ideas might make the cut.

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