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March Madness is coming up, but there’s a different type of Sweet 16 in Greater Cincinnati that doesn’t involve an orange ball.

Two regional towns are vying to be named the strongest in the land. In its annual Strongest Town competition bracket, Strong Towns — a nonprofit focused on helping residents build financially sound, resourceful, equitable communities — has included Norwood and Yellow Springs as Sweet 16 contenders. The contest highlights towns that have developed ground-up practices that “build resilience and prosperity,” according to the nonprofit’s website.

As in NCAA basketball, Norwood and Yellow Springs are competing against other nominees in bracket form, with the winner of one bracket going up against another in a series of rounds. The public votes for their favorites during each round, with the winner expected to be announced Friday, April 8.

Strong Towns named Norwood and Yellow Springs to its Sweet 16 bracket on Feb. 28 after both towns had submitted applications. “Nominees answered questions on a range of topics, from how they are addressing transportation to economic resilience to housing choices.,” the nonprofit says on its website.

In round one, Norwood is battling Chauncey, Ohio, to advance in the contest (Chauncey is about 160 miles east of Cincinnati, near Athens). Meanwhile, Yellow Springs is pitted against Salem, Mass. Read questionnaire answers from Norwood and from Yellow Springs, as well as from their competitors.

Public votes will help each town advance to the next round. Votes during the Sweet 16 will be accepted until noon Central on Thursday, March 3, with that round’s contenders announced on March 8. To vote, visit the Strongest Town bracket, click a matchup, and make your choice at the bottom of the resulting page.

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