Changes Are Coming To Revitalize Mansfield's Downtown Area

  • 2/15/2017 4:05:22 PM
  • Kelly Stobie
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MANSFIELD, OH - America In Bloom is coming to Mansfield, and it will be a project of the Beautification Sector of the Richland County Development Group. America In Bloom is an independent, nonprofit 501 organization which promotes community enhancement programs through the use of flowers, plants, and trees. In addition, the program offers yearly awards in many different categories to those excelling in the America In Bloom program.

The Beautification Sector of the Richland County Development Group is holding two organizational meetings to jump start to program. They are scheduled for February 23rd , one at 8:00 am at Kingwood Center and the other at 5:30 pm at the Main Library’s community room.

The program offers several components and will provide a platform for our community to build a continuous improvement plan. The Richland County Development Group has already completed the registration form and will submit a community profile for Mansfield before May 1st (or two weeks before the evaluation is scheduled). Judges will conduct a two-day evaluation in July.   

Outstanding Achievement nominations are due by July 31. There is no word limit on a nomination but most are 1-2 pages plus a maximum of 6-7 photos, which would total 3-4 pages.

Additional information on awards:  

Community Champion Award

The America in Bloom John R. Holmes III Community Champion Award was created in 2009 in memory of John Holmes, the late CEO of OFA – The Association of Horticulture Professionals, who died unexpectedly in February 2009. An AIB board member and officer since the organization’s inception, John was a tremendous advocate for city beautification and a true believer in the power of flowers and plants to change lives.  This award recognizes an individual who exemplifies community leadership through actions that reflect the mission of the organization. The award recipient, who must be from a community that has participated or is currently participating in the program, will have demonstrated a vision and selfless commitment to moving the community forward.

Circle of Champions Award:  The “Circle of Champions” designation honors the achievement of communities that have won a combination of three population and/or criteria awards over the years. Only these cities (out of more than 200) have earned this distinct honor (listed below).  This “Circle of Champions” designation is good for a period of three years. To maintain the elite status, your community must participate in AIB within the next three years.

Whether you've already earned your elite status, or are working toward that goal, you're encouraged to get your community involved in AIB right away and start planting pride in the America in Bloom program.

YouTube Video Contest & Award:   Be Part of the YouTube Video Contest:  Post a video of your community's involvement with America in Bloom for a chance to win $1500! Any past or present AIB participant is eligible. The length should be between 2 to 3 minutes, and the video must be uploaded to YouTube ( The submission deadline is August 26.  Thank you to Neal Mast Greenhouses for sponsoring this award!

Suggested Video Contents:  Benefits of AIB involvement, Before and after photos/videos, Perceived economic benefits of AIB to the community, Elements that can be used for grants, promotion, or marketing, Judges will Evaluate Each Video on These Elements, Effectiveness of summarizing the benefits of AIB, Effectiveness in achieving the goal(s) of the video, Use of the video in promoting the community, Number of views, Video quality, Let Us Know About Your YouTube Video

Spirit Awards:  The Spirit Award is designated annually and honors an organization whose goals and accomplishments are synergistic to those of America in Bloom. America in Bloom's board of directors selects the Spirit Award winner and makes the announcement at the annual awards.

Past winners are:

2016: Arbor Day Foundation

2015: Communities in Bloom

2014: American Horticultural Society

2013: National Garden Bureau

2012: American Public Gardens Association

2011: National Garden Clubs

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