Troy’s America’s Best Communities project has home in downtown; JPMorgan Chase local sponsor

TROY — The ABC Community Connection Center is being set up on the first floor of the Coleman, Allen, Saidleman Building on the northeast corner of the Public Square. The building, purchased recently by Troy Community Works, was home previously to David’s Shoes and the Amish Furniture store, among other businesses.

The ABC competition was unveiled in fall 2014 to challenge towns and small cities with 9,500 to 80,000 residents to come up with innovative ideas to re-energize their local economy and those of similar size communities.

Troy’s project vision is: “To create a community where residents are gainfully employed and experience a lifestyle which is inclusive, safe, productive, and provides a sense of belonging — which comes from being a connected community, individually and collectively.”

The Community Connection Center’s purpose is to use the space on behalf of the community and to connect with community members.

The space will feature revolving displays by business and industry as well as nonprofits to showcase what they do and their roles in the community. The project home also will provide the ABC committee a place to bring people in, get them involved and hear from them.

Information boards on the ABC effort and its initiatives will be available for viewing by passersby in the building’s windows. The boards include information on how people can become involved and connected through the ABC effort.

Information also will be available on the Survey Monkey survey of Troy now being conducted by a Leadership Troy Action Team. The survey can be taken at

The Community Connection Center will be open on an as needed basis and during special events such as Saturday’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Taste of Troy and Second Story Secrets events downtown. The center’s phone number is (937) 335-2578.

Troy was one of 50 communities from 26 states selected earlier this year as a quarter finalist in the $10 million America’s Best Communities competition sponsored by Frontier Communications, DISH, CoBank and The Weather Channel.

JPMorgan Chase is Troy’s mentor company, assigned by Frontier, and is donating $15,000 and expertise to Troy’s effort. In addition, Troy was awarded $35,000 by Frontier as a quarter finalist to which $15,000 in local funds had to be added as part of competition rules. All funds have to be applied to the local project.