Atlantic Media And Allstate Launch The Renewal Awards To Highlight Local Innovators Driving Positive Change In Their Communities

Awards Will Recognize Six Americans with Allstate Grant Funds Totaling $60,000

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March 5, 2015, 3 a.m.

At­lantic Me­dia and All­state today in­tro­duced The Re­new­al Awards, a new pro­gram that will spot­light and re­ward in­nov­at­ors who are im­prov­ing their com­munit­ies from the ground up. The awards are a new ed­it­or­i­al ex­ten­sion of The Next Eco­nomy series from At­lantic Me­dia’s Na­tion­al Journ­al and The At­lantic, which ex­plores the cre­at­ive ways Amer­ic­ans are us­ing in­nov­a­tion to solve prob­lems at the loc­al level. The Re­new­al Awards launch today with a call for pub­lic nom­in­a­tions at Re­newalAwards.com.

“Des­pite the par­tis­an stale­mate in Wash­ing­ton, the evid­ence is that we are liv­ing through a golden age of grass­roots ini­ti­at­ive and prob­lem-solv­ing. Cre­at­ive new solu­tions are emer­ging from non-profit or­gan­iz­a­tions, busi­nesses, loc­al gov­ern­ments and in­nov­at­ive part­ner­ships that bring to­geth­er all of these in­sti­tu­tions,” said At­lantic Me­dia Ed­it­or­i­al Dir­ect­or Ron Brown­stein. “Through The Next Eco­nomy and now The Re­new­al Awards, At­lantic Me­dia is com­mit­ted to identi­fy­ing and cel­eb­rat­ing the best of these loc­al in­nov­at­ors, as they do their part to help re­new the coun­try.”

The Re­new­al Awards will ac­cept nom­in­a­tions throughout 2015 for the people and or­gan­iz­a­tions whose pro­jects and ideas are driv­ing meas­ur­able change in com­munit­ies. The six fi­nal­ists will con­sist of four gen­er­al re­cip­i­ents, se­lec­ted by a pan­el that will in­clude At­lantic Me­dia ed­it­or­i­al staff and out­side judges, an “All­state Youth Em­power­ment” re­cip­i­ent, se­lec­ted by All­state, and one “Read­er’s Choice” re­cip­i­ent, se­lec­ted by The Next Eco­nomy audi­ence. The win­ners will each re­ceive $10,000 in grant fund­ing and an all-ex­penses paid trip to Des Moines, Iowa, in early 2016 for a sum­mit on loc­al in­nov­a­tion with na­tion­al and loc­al lead­ers.

“We’re a net­work of thou­sands of small busi­nesses. We know that great ideas start at the loc­al level,” said Tom Clark­son, West Ter­rit­ory Pres­id­ent for All­state. “There are in­nov­at­ive people across the coun­try who are mak­ing a dif­fer­ence on so­cial is­sues and get­ting res­ults. The Re­new­al Awards are our op­por­tun­ity to spot­light these loc­al in­nov­at­ors, and spread their good ideas to be­ne­fit oth­er com­munit­ies. This awards pro­gram is about cel­eb­rat­ing in­nov­at­ors and in­volving more people in brain­storm­ing and gen­er­at­ing cre­at­ive ideas that will change our com­munit­ies for the bet­ter across the coun­try.”

To kick-off The Re­new­al Awards, At­lantic Me­dia and All­state will host a na­tion­al event in Den­ver on March 11 about the trans­form­at­ive work already shap­ing that city and oth­ers like it. Key­note speak­ers in­clude Bill Basl, Dir­ect­or of Ameri­Corps, and Den­ver May­or Mi­chael Han­cock. At­tendees will draw from loc­al and na­tion­al star­tups, in­cub­at­ors, com­munity groups and gov­ern­ment. This will be the first of sev­er­al events held around the coun­try as part of the ini­ti­at­ive that will ex­plore how loc­al in­nov­at­ors and com­munity lead­ers are grap­pling with their most press­ing chal­lenges —and mak­ing the most of op­por­tun­it­ies.

The Re­new­al Awards is the latest pro­ject from The Next Eco­nomy series, a sev­en-year part­ner­ship between Na­tion­al Journ­al, The At­lantic and All­state. The series en­com­passes re­port­ing from Na­tion­al Journ­al and The At­lantic, the Heart­land Mon­it­or Poll (which ex­plores Amer­ic­ans’ shift­ing eco­nom­ic at­ti­tudes and ex­per­i­ences), and na­tion­al and loc­al events.

Pub­lic nom­in­a­tions and of­fi­cial con­test rules for The Re­new­al Awards are avail­able at Re­newalAwards.com.

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