Fun Facts about Trending Now! Finalists

Since the Trending Now! award has been called the “Super Bowl of Local Government”, we feel obliged to follow the NFL’s lead by giving our finalists a week to rest from the rigors of online voting. We’ll highlight each finalist this week and launch the final voting on July 5.

City of Hamilton, OH

Trending Now Finalist - Hamilton

Hamilton advances to final four of a social media contest

Fun Fact: In 2009, the city won the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Awards for best-tasting municipal water for the United States; and in 2010, a Gold Medal for the best in the world.

Mayor: Patrick Moeller

City Manager: Joshua Smith

Social Media Contact: Adam Helms

Hamilton Notables

  • Ray Combs, comedian and second host of Family Feud
  • Charles Richter, seismologist and creator of Richter scale


City of Kansas City, MO

Trending Now Finalist - KC

Fun Fact: Kansas City assistant city manager Rick Usher is a Knope of the Week recipient.

Mayor: Sly James

City Manager: Troy Schulte

Social Media Contact: Mark Van Baale

Kansas City Notables

  • Walt Disney – film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, and animator
  • Ernest Hemingway – iconic novelist and short story author
  • Tyronn Lue – NBA player and current head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Raytown Senior High School


City of Las Vegas, NV

Trending Now Finalist - LV

KTNV Las Vegas: City of Las Vegas competing for social media award

Fun Fact: Zappos moved its call center into the old city hall.

Mayor: Carolyn Goodman

City Manager: Betsy Fretwell

Social Media Contact: Jennifer Davies

Las Vegas Notables

  • Andre Agassi, Tennis
  • Toni Braxton, Musician
  • Flavor Flav, Rapper

City of Lenexa, KS

Trending Now Finalist - Lenexa
Fun Fact: Each June the city hosts “The Great Lenexa Barbecue Battle”, which is also the Kansas State Championship.

Mayor: Michael Boehm

City Administrator: Eric Wade, City Administrator

Social Media Contact: Kristen Waggener

Lenexa Notables

  • Jason Wiles. Starred as Maurice ‘Bosco’ Boscorelli in the television series Third Watch.
  • Madison Desch, gymnast

Supplemental Reading

Journal News: How you can help Hamilton win social media contest

WFVR Green Bay: Appleton social media featured on local news

The Suburban Times: City of Lakewood up for Best Social Media Presence

City of Appleton, WI: 14 cities nationwide selected as finalists

USA Today-Wisconsin: Vote now for the Trending Now! award

News Talk 1150 WHBY: A national social media contest

WKRC Cincinnati: Local government Trending Now! award

KTNV Las Vegas: City of Las Vegas competing for social media award

WBAY Green Bay: Vote for Appleton to win the “Trending Now” award