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Pittsburg makes “Sweet Sixteen” in Strongest Town in America contest

City Press Releases

March 6, 2020

PHOTO CREDIT: Courtesy of Michael Fienen Photography

PITTSBURG, KS – While basketball fans are gearing up for March Madness, the City of Pittsburg is going head to head in a bracket-based competition of its own for the title of “Strongest Town in America.”

Pittsburg was named one of the 16 finalists in this year’s Strongest Town in America contest sponsored by the national non-profit Strong Towns.

The top 16 cities were selected by a panel of Strong Towns staff and board members. The competition consists of four rounds of match-ups between towns based on written submissions, photos, podcast interviews, and a final championship debate. Members of the public will be invited to vote for their favorite city next week in the first round of the competition.

“The Strong Towns organization provides valuable information to help cities become strong and resilient,” says City of Pittsburg Mayor Dawn McNay. “Pittsburg is a strong town and we are thrilled to be in the contest. We need everyone to vote us to number one.”

The first round of online voting kicks off on Monday, March 9, and ends Thursday, March 12.  More instructions on how to vote will be shared on the city’s official website at and on the following social media pages:

Facebook: @PittsburgKS

Twitter: @PittsburgKS

Instagram: @cityofpittsburg


For more information about Strong Towns, visit


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