The votes are in and the next phase of the Best of the Road Contest is about to begin for all the finalist cities, of which Quincy is one! The Mayor's office sent out a news release today thanking everyone who voted for the City of Quincy in the past weeks.

Kurt Parsons

Here is that news release:

The City of Quincy has been officially named a finalist by Rand McNally in their Best of the Road Contest.  The announcement appeared today at noon on the web site.  Thank you to everyone who voted each day to help Quincy get this far! Now we begin the real work for this honor and the $15,000 worth of promotional apps, an editorial feature in the annual Rand McNally Road Atlas, special coverage on the and inclusion as a point of interest in the Rand McNally RV GPS and Good Sam Trip Planner” says City of Quincy Executive Assistant, Vicki Ebbing, one of the three committee members who initially started this project.

Ebbing, along with Lori Tuttle of the Quincy Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and Carmen Marshaus of the Oakley Lindsay Center, met on this project in June and began the effort to get as many votes as possible from every contact they could make on Facebook and through emails and every other route they could find.  Quincy ended up in third place with 3,105 votes.

A professional video tour of Quincy and an essay will be submitted by the committee which will comprise 50% of the final score. They will be working with professional videographers and writers from Quincy on this part of the scoring.

The next 25% of the scoring will still depend on the persuasiveness of the content of online activity from citizens and friends of Quincy telling why people think Quincy is the best small town for the most beautiful category on the Best if the Road web site.  The remaining 25% will also need the help of everyone in the community as it will be scored on the volume of online activity between the close of the voting period and the close of the final submission period on Friday September 27, 2013 at noon.

Those with Facebook access posts are asked to tag bestoftheroad as often as possible which counts as a vote.  Posts to other social media, such as Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest should use #bestoftheroad.

There are four towns competing for these prizes and the winning title.  Now is Quincy’s chance to really shine!  Everyone is encouraged to log into the Best of the Roads web site at

and post a photo or review along with tagging bestoftheroad each time you get on Facebook or twitter.

For additional information contact Vicki Ebbing at 217-228-4545 or email at"