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Posted: March 31, 2011 10:54 a.m.

Porterdale in running for Reader's Digest contest

As much as $40,000 up for grabs

After already winning $1,000 from the Reader's Digest "We Hear You America" contest, Porterdale is now in the running to win even more funding for the city.

The contest, which ranks cities by popular vote, is giving economic stimuli to the top ranking towns. If Porterdale places in the top 10 of this round of voting, it will win funds ranging from $10,000 to $40,000.

In a company press release, Reader's Digest Media President Dan Lagani said "with nearly half of every municipality in the U.S. participating, clearly America is responding to our campaign. In the spirit of the Reader's Digest mission to simplify and enhance the lives of Americans, we've now increased our financial and promotional support from $5 million to $7.5 million to help even more towns during these difficult economic times. We still hear you America!"

Reader's Digest has pledged a total of $7.5 million to help towns across America.

Voting will began March 8 and will run through May 16. To vote, visit http://wehearyouamerica.readersdigest.com/.

The city has currently not decided where the initial $1,000 will be used. The city council discussed spending the funds on a playground at the February city council meeting, but no official action was taken.

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