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Tipton’s food truck concert series at the Tipton County Courthouse is shown on Thursday, July 23, 2020. Attendees could get food at several different food trucks on the east side of the courthouse and the Dave and Rae band played on the north side of the courthouse.

TIPTON — The city is a finalist to win a $3 million investment package from T-Mobile, including enhancing the city’s 5G network and a free concert from the chart-topping band Florida Georgia Line.

The city announced Thursday it was one of 10 small towns being considered for the T-Mobile Hometown Techover. The contest launched in April, drawing applications from thousands of towns across the U.S.

“Thousands entered, and 10 extraordinary communities representing the heart of small-town America were selected as finalists,” T-Mobile said in a release.

The company said the winner will become the “5G model for communities across the U.S., showcasing the power of the country’s largest, fastest and most reliable 5G network — T-Mobile’s.”

The awards package includes a $200,000 grant the town can use on any project; the refurbishment of Little League fields; phone and internet service upgrades to a public space like a library or town square; and a free concert this fall from Florida Georgia Line.

A panel of judges from T-Mobile and Smart Growth America will determine the winner later this summer based on project feasibility, the town’s need for a network upgrade and town leadership interest and engagement.

If Tipton doesn’t win the contest, it will still receive a $50,000 grant from the company “to help jump-start or complete a project in their community,” according to the release.

Jon Freier, executive vice president of consumer group at T-Mobile, said in a video the contest is part of company’s effort to support smaller markets in rural areas and “getting rural America as well-connected as Big City USA.”

“This $3-million Hometown Techover is just one example of how we’ll get to work, and it’s just the beginning,” he said.

Carson Gerber can be reached at 765-854-6739, carson.gerber@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @carsongerber1.

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Carson Gerber is a reporter for the Kokomo Tribune and can be reached at 765-854-6739, carson.gerber@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @carsongerber1.

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