City of Maumee Wins Strongest Town North American Contest

MAUMEE, OH – Maumee wins the 9th Annual Strongest Town Contest, an international, March Madness-style tournament that celebrates North American cities. Sixteen cities from coast to coast competed for the Strongest Town title by shining a national spotlight on their progress toward safety, financial resiliency, housing, and transportation.


Officials will hold a news conference Thursday, April 18 at 11:30 a.m. to formally acknowledge the title and what it means to the Northwest Ohio region.


Where most North American infrastructure is overbuilt and creates a dangerous environment that cities can’t afford to maintain, Maumee is progressively changing this status quo. Leveraging Ohio’s Home Rule law, Maumee has transformed its state-owned highway by reducing lanes from four to three, adding on-street parallel parking to add extra pedestrian protection, and more.


How the contest worked: All cities across North America could participate, with 16 nominees selected. Cities were eliminated via weekly voting rounds.  In the first round, there were four honorary winners for cities making progress in four areas:

  • Norfolk, Nebraska—Most Progress Toward a Robust & Responsive Housing Supply
  • Medicine Hat, Alberta—Most Progress Toward a Better Public Engagement Process
  • Edmonton, Alberta—Most Progress Toward Building Safer Streets
  • Bloomington, Illinois—Most Progress Toward a Transparent Local Budgeting Process


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WHAT:            Formally acknowledge the title and what it means to the Northwest Ohio region.

WHEN:            Thursday, April 18, 2024

TIME:              11:30 a.m.

LOCATION:    Uptown Fondue +Wine Bar, 422 Conant St. Maumee

CONTACT:     Nancy Gagnet, Public Information Officer:  410.360.8466