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Community Curb Appeal Competition

There are many cities, towns and neighborhoods across the U.S. that inspire residents and visitors alike with their beauty and charm. But which are the crème de la crème? We'll soon have a better idea.

The Paint Quality Institute (PQI) is conducting an ambitious nationwide search to find the "Prettiest Painted Places in America." The results will be made known this fall when PQI reveals the 12 contest winners.

Is your hometown one of the "Prettiest Painted Places?" If so, entry instructions are below!

Happy Painting,


Debbie Zimmer

To elicit entries in the competition, PQI is contacting chambers of commerce, tourism departments, and historical districts in all 50 states. Since many smaller "places" may not be represented by such organizations, PQI is also widely publicizing its search.

Anyone can enter a community in the free competition by simply taking some pictures, uploading them on the PQI website at, and providing a brief description of the community being nominated. Entries will be accepted until August 31.

A panel of judges from major media outlets will then evaluate the entries and select 60 finalists in the competition, 10 from each of six geographic regions. After further research, including unannounced site visits, the judges will name the 12 Prettiest Painted Places in America in October.

What's in it for the towns and communities that participate? In addition to bragging rights for the winners, every place that enters will be part of an extensive national publicity campaign conducted by the Paint Quality Institute.

For more information on the Prettiest Painted Places in America competition, visit

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