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1999 - Community Effort Award - Town of Ada

Town of Ada - Pop. 15,820


Ada's spring clean up expanded to include the fall and volunteers chipped in to clean up for those who were unable to do it themselves in a true community spirit.
Mayor Sid Bearden and the Ada City Council challenged six local businesses to donate $750 each to establish a "Clean Up Ada" crusade. An immediate positive response gave the campaign its initial $4,500 budget and the work began. The program became a city-wide effort to make Ada more attractive to citizens, visitors and potential businesses.

A number of elements were designed to accomplish the goal. Ada's spring clean-up expanded to include the fall, and volunteers chipped in to clean up for those who were unable to do it themselves in a true community spirit. Group competitions were organized with cash prizes for the greatest improvements. The city council approved a budget for Ada's first-ever Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event so successful that it will become an annual event. Throughout the year-long project, the local newspaper provided invaluable support. Ada has shown that a small rural community can make awfully big things happen.