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Huntington receives first in You Tube video contest

Sep. 19, 2013 @ 11:44 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Huntington representatives won't come home from the America in Bloom symposium empty-handed after the city earned its first award Thursday evening.

The YouTube video award was accepted by Mayor Steve Williams, and Huntington Municipal Development Authority Director Tom Bell and Cara Hedrick, director of the Cabell-Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau during a ceremony Thursday night during the first night of the symposium and awards ceremony in Orlando, Fla.

A photo of the $500 award being presented to the representatives was posted to the "Downtown Huntington" Facebook page Thursday evening.

Williams said the video aired during the awards ceremony, and it received a large round of applause and a lot of compliments regarding the quality of production and the quality of the city.

"Particularly, what we're so proud of is the number of volunteers, and the way the city embraced the effort indicates the strength of Huntington and the level of exceptionalism we have in this city," said Williams. "I have to say I'm proud of Trifecta Productions, Jim Murphy, Jack Reynolds and Cara Hedrick in putting this together. It's like I said the other day, what we've proved is that city hall doesn't have to do it all, and our people have proved that we all own this city. This is just the first step, and we are ready to take it to an even higher level."

The remaining awards in the contest will be presented Saturday after Williams and Bell meet with judges Barbara Vincentsen and Bruce Riggs to review the city's strengths and weaknesses.

Those include awards for each population category as well as "best of the best" awards for each of the six criteria in which cities were judged. Huntington also will receive a "bloom rating" of one to five based on its overall performance.

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