The City of Woodstock has been chosen as the winner of a $3 million makeover as part of T-Mobile’s Hometown Techover contest, the mayor announced.
T-Mobile unveiled the contest in April. Thousands of towns across the United States entered, the company said.
In mid-July, T-Mobile announced that Woodstock was part of 10 small towns that were selected as finalists.
The other towns included Borough of Stroudsburg, PA; Dunn, NC; Girard, KS; Guadalupe, CA; Hopkinsville, KY; Kalispell, MT; Tipton, IN; Wareham, MA; Washington, MO.
“Right on the heels of celebrating America’s birthday, it’s time to celebrate the small towns at the very heart of our country,” Jon Freier, Executive Vice President of Consumer Group at T-Mobile, said in July.
Woodstock Mayor Mike Turner made the announcement that Woodstock was the winner during Rockstock Saturday evening.
Woodstock will receive a $3 million tech makeover, which includes a $200,000 community grant, 5G network enhancements, a Little League baseball field refurbishment and a free concert featuring Florida Georgia Line.
“As the 5G leader, we’re committed to helping bridge the digital divide, and getting rural America as well-connected as Big City USA. This three-million-dollar Hometown Techover is just one example of how we’ll get to work … and it’s just the beginning,” Freier said.
A panel of judges from T-Mobile and Smart Growth America picked Woodstock as the winner based on project feasibility, the town’s need for a network upgrade, and town leadership interest and engagement.
The nine finalists who did not come win will still get a $50,000 grant to help jump-start or complete a project in their community.
Turner called the news a “huge win” for Woodstock.
“This is a big deal! What an accomplishment. Thank you to Danielle Gulli, the Chamber team, D200, City staff and all of the businesses and organizations who supported this group effort,” Turner said.
“Thank you T-Mobile for your generous support of small towns, and for recognizing that Woodstock is a tremendous community!” Turner previously said.