Camas loses to Searcy Ark in Small Business Revolution contest

first_imgCAMAS — Camas won’t be featured on the fourth season of “Small Business Revolution — Main Street,” an online show that gives a small town a $500,000 grant to give makeovers to local businesses. Searcy, Ark., will be featured in the season airing this fall, the show’s producers announced on Tuesday.The show’s hosts, Amanda Brinkman and former ABC reality show star Ty Pennington, will spend six months getting to know Searcy and building the improvements. The eight episodes will air this fall.Camas was among six finalist cities nominated to appear on the show, and the city’s business owners, residents and city officials packed Liberty Theatre on Tuesday afternoon to hear the winner announced. Downtown Camas Association director Carrie Schulstad welcomed people and talked about the campaign process as the crowd waited for the 4:30 p.m. announcement.Those in the theater watched a pre-recorded video on the web series’ Facebook page to find out which of the finalists would be the winner. More than 1.6 million votes came in, Brinkman said in the video. After she announced Searcy as the winner, a few groans could be heard before a round of applause broke out in the darkened theater.Campaign seasonTuesday’s news comes after a four-month campaign effort in which Camas and other cities vied to be chosen as this season’s featured small city. The Downtown Camas Association took the lead, encouraging residents to post about the city on social media.last_img

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