XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) – The City of Xenia failed to make the top five list of cities in the running for a $500,000 investment into the business community of the city.
“They always say it’s an honor to be nominated. It absolutely was an honor to be in the top ten,” says Christina Schaefer, Public Relations Coordinator for the City of Xenia.
Amanda Brinkman and Ty Pennington, hosts of the show ‘Small Business Revolution,’ announced the Top Five towns in a Facebook Live video early Tuesday morning. Xenia, which made the Top 10, failed to make the cut down to the top five.
The top five towns announced by the hosts were:
- Benicia, Calif.
- Fredonia, N.Y.
- Livingston, MT
- Spearfish, S.D.
- The Dalles, Ore.
Staff from the show surveyed each of the top 10 cities in Dec., including Xenia on Dec. 10. The show aims to lift up small towns by providing additional resources for small businesses.
“I do think the show has helped us in kind of reminding people what there is to offer here,” says Schaefer. “People are going to see a lot of the fruits of labors that people have been working on.”
Business owners say they’re disappointed in the decision, but they say this isn’t the end of the momentum downtown has gained.
“It was an incredible opportunity without question,” says Cynthia Stemple, owner of the Coffee Hub. “I think it still brought energy, synergy. The downtown merchants were working better together than we ever have.”
A celebration of all Xenia has accomplished will be held Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 5 p.m. at Devil Wind Brewing.
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