September 12, 2012

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Shelly Houston, Meridian Mayor’s Office

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Meridian Named One of

100 Best Communities for Young People 

Meridian Honored for the Fifth Time by America’s Promise Alliance and ING


Meridian, ID – (September 12, 2012) – Today it was announced that Meridian, Idaho, has again achieved national recognition as one of America’s Promise Alliance’s 100 Best Communities for Young People.  This 2012 award marks the fifth time that Meridian has been named one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People for its commitment to making youth a priority.


“We are so pleased to learn that Meridian has been named one of the America’s Promise Alliance’s 100 Best Communities for the fifth time, said Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd. “This national award recognizes the hard work of many community members and partner organizations who dedicate their time, expertise, and resources to make a meaningful difference in the lives of young people. Our city employees, school district, service clubs, businesses, churches, and social service providers all deserve the greatest credit and respect for this success.”


The national award was given to Meridian by the America’s Promise Alliance and ING to recognize its exceptional programs and services that make it an outstanding place for youth to live, learn and grow.  In honor of its achievement, Meridian will receive a $2,500 grant, signage identifying the community as one of the nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People, and access to America’s Promise Alliance’s community development resources.


“As young people across the country go back to school, it is especially timely to recognize communities like Meridian that have come together to make supporting young people a top priority and that are committed to helping young Americans reach their full potential,” said John Gomperts, America’s Promise Alliance president and CEO. “The 100 Best winners are doing outstanding work delivering the Five Promises that create the conditions for all young people to have the best chance for success. We hope the example set by these communities provides inspiration for others to take action


Today at noon EST, Gomperts joined America’s Promise Alliance Chair Alma Powell and ING Foundation President Rhonda Mims at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., to officially announce the 100 winning communities.


“The increase we have seen in graduation rates over the past few years is due, in large part, to the hard work communities such as Meridian have done to make sure their youth have access to an outstanding education and support services,” said Rhonda Mims, president of the ING Foundation and head of the ING U.S. Office of Corporate Responsibility. “It is also important for ING to partner with organizations such as America’s Promise Alliance so we can share these best practices and play a role in improving student achievement and the nation’s economy.”


A list of all 2012 winners can be found online at


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The City of Meridian is located at the center of the Treasure Valley in southwest Idaho, minutes from the State Capitol. Founded as a farming community in 1893 and incorporated as a city in 1903, Meridian is one of Idaho’s largest and fastest growing cities whose mission is to be a premier city to live, work and raise a family. As the home to many young families, Meridian is a vibrant community that has garnered national recognition being selected in 2012 to Money/CNN’s list of “Top 100 Places to Live in the U.S” and in 2010 by Family Circle Magazine as one the nation’s “Ten Best Towns for Families.” For more information about Meridian, visit