Racine business owners and residents may want to tidy up their properties as the city is participating in the 2016 National Edition of Communities in Bloom, International Challenge, July 10 through July 13.

Two judges — Bob Ivison, of the United Kingdom, and Ed Hooker III, of Camp Springs, Maryland — will evaluate the community on its civic pride, environmental responsibility, beautification, and quality of life improvements. Communities in Bloom, a non-profit organization in Canada, seeks to help foster civic pride.

“The Communities in Bloom International Challenge is all about networking and information, sharing each other’s best practices …and lessons learned,” Raymond Carrière, founding president of Communities in Bloom. “The judges will have the privelege of witnessing the achievements of the municipalities, through the leadership of elected officials, dedication of municipal staff and involvement of citizens and business, in the enhancement of their communities.

“The pride, sense of community and feeling of accomplishment generated through participation are visible in all communities involved in Communities in Bloom, Britain in Bloom, America in Bloom …and makes them programs where everyone wins.”

Racine will compete in the very large category against Edmonton AB Canada, Loughborough Leicestershire United Kingdom and Norwich Norfolk England.

The results of the national and international competition will be announced Oct. 27 through Oct. 29 in Regina, Saskatchewan during a symposium and awards conference. An annual conference will also be held with the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association’s Annual Conference, which will focus on the theme of Healthy Communities — Harvesting the Benefits.





Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.