Aurora -- City leaders plan to celebrate Aurora being named as one of Ohio's best hometowns with a series of events in the upcoming months, according to Mayor James Fisher.
In the November issue of Ohio Magazine, Aurora will be named as one of five best hometowns in the publication's eighth annual "Ohio's best hometowns" edition. The other four Ohio communities picked are Gahanna, Logan, Loveland and Vermilion. The issue will be available on the newsstand Oct. 22.
The upcoming events include:
• The celebration starts with a proclamation that will be delivered during Aurora High School's football Homecoming game Oct. 11 against Wickliffe. In addition, there will be a few giveaways that will be randomly distributed to the crowd, Fisher said.
• The city will celebrate the honor during Aurora's holiday tree lighting ceremony Nov. 28 at 5 p.m. at the gazebo on the grounds of Aurora Memorial Library.
• During the month of October, the pole banners in the center of town will be changed to a banner that congratulates Aurora for the best hometown honor and will be accompanied by the best hometown logo. Additionally, the city will utilize a model banner at various events throughout the city that displays Aurora with the best hometown logo.
• For a long-term impact, Fisher said the city is developing marketing and communication plans that will "favorably leverage" the best hometown award and add value to city residents, schools, businesses and those that visit one of the best hometowns in Ohio.
Ohio Magazine editors said they selected Aurora because of its "impressive community spirit and extraordinary cooperation between its local government, outstanding school district and thriving business community.
"Aurora balances the fact that it's a popular regional destination with a steady focus on maintaining the community as a desirable place to live," the editors wrote. "Residents are particularly adamant about maintaining a superb quality of life for families and preserving the city's green space for all to enjoy."
"This city is easy to promote because we have a great balance, and I think there were many aspects that appealed to the magazine," Fisher said.
To determine the honorees, Ohio Magazine solicited nominations and conducted site visits across the state. The editors evaluated the nominees in six categories -- community spirit, education, entertainment, health and safety, business environment, and culture and heritage -- to help finalize their selections.
"We really have so many positive things happening, and to be highlighted like this is another feather in our cap," Aurora Superintendent Russ Bennett said. "All of Aurora should be congratulated."
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