Baldwin City is nominated for national honor
Baldwin City will have the chance to be nationally known after it was anonymously nominated for the American Dream Town 2006 competition by someone who put their money where their pride is.
"I can understand why somebody would nominate Baldwin City," said Diane Niehoff, chamber of commerce board of directors. "I have people who visit tell me what a great little town it is."
To nominate a town, a person must submit their town along with a fee $75. So far, 25 towns have been nominated, ranging from Moscow, Idaho, to Beaver, Utah. Brazelton, Ga., won last year's contest with 3,602 votes.
Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce Office Manager Sandy Cardens isn't sure who made the nomination, but liked it.
"I don't know who nominated Baldwin, but it is a good idea," Cardens said.
Niehoff said she would guess the nomination came from a person who came to Baldwin City from a different state.
"I would guess it was someone who had moved here from somewhere around the country," Niehoff said.
The contest has been honoring one city a year for the last three years to a town that has rich heritage, takes pride in its neighborhoods and is unique.
The voting for the cities takes place online at www.americandreamtown.com. Additional information on the contest can be found there, too. Voters have to register online by giving their name, state they live in and e-mail address.
Voting starts on Oct. 15, and each voter is allowed one vote per day per e-mail address.
The town with the most votes will be featured on the American Dream Show at www.wadtv.com.
Cardens said if Baldwin was to win, it could give it some tourism and visitors from around the country.
"It would give us some sort of national exposure, which could bring tourists," Cardens said. "It could bring tourism, which is always good for business."
City Administrator Jeff Dingman is not sure of the benefits for Baldwin City.
"I don't know what kind of publicity it will provide us," Dingman said. "It can't be bad I suppose."
Niehoff also wasn't so sure about what would happen to Baldwin, it it were to win the contest.
"It all depends on the media coverage," Niehoff said.
Cardens said Baldwin City has many things to offer that make it a great small town.
She said it has a friendly people in a small town atmosphere, history, safe community and good schools.
"It just makes you feel warmer," Cardens said. "It feels like small town."
There will be more information about the contest in the Signal as the voting day draws closer.