Nelson won out over last week’s rival, Amesville, Ohio, in the Strongest Town in America contest, and moves on to the next round.
This week the city is competing against Guthrie, Oklahoma.
Nelson is one of 16 finalists in the online contest, a month-long, bracket-based competition designed to spotlight communities from around the world that are building enduring financial resilience at the local level and actively embodying the Strong Towns approach to economic growth and development.
Towns that make the cut will be announced on Friday. In the weeks that follow, towns that make each successive round will be asked to take part in a series of interactive challenges designed to highlight how financially strong they really are.
The other second round contests are: Delray Beach, FL vs. Pensacola, FL; Erwin, TN vs. Safety Harbor, FL; and New Rochelle, NY vs. Portsmouth, NH.
Past winners of the Strongest Town competition have included Muskegon, Mich., Traverse City, Mich., and Carlisle, Penn. The winner of the Strongest Town 2019 contest will receive a commemorative plaque and a visit and interactive community presentation with Charles Marohn, Strong Towns founder, president and author of the forthcoming Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity.
In the first round,with eight pairs of towns competing, there were 8,000 votes cast overall, and in the voting between Nelson and Amesville, Nelson got 80 per cent of the votes.
Nelson was nominated by Tammy Everts, John Palozzi, city councillors Rik Logtenberg and Keith Page, and former councillors Anna Purcell and Paula Kiss.