Search Underway for America’s Prettiest Painted Places

  Search Underway for America’s Prettiest Painted Places

Community Curb Appeal Competition

Business Wire

PHILADELPHIA -- June 06, 2012

There are many cities, towns and neighborhoods across the U.S. that inspire
residents and visitors alike with their beauty and charm. But which are the
crème de la crème? We’ll soon have a better idea.

The Paint Quality Institute (PQI), a leading source of information on paints
and coatings, is conducting an ambitious nationwide search to find the
“Prettiest Painted Places in America”. The results will be made known this
fall when PQI reveals the 12 contest winners.

Why conduct such a competition?

“We want to show people how beautiful exterior paint schemes can greatly
contribute to the ‘curb appeal’ of entire communities,” says Debbie Zimmer,
paint and color expert at PQI, “and we want to do it in a fun way.

“By identifying and recognizing the towns and neighborhoods that have the best
painted appearance, we can give others an appreciation for the important role
exterior paint can play in protecting and beautifying any home or building,”
she says.

To elicit entries in the competition, PQI is contacting chambers of commerce,
tourism departments, and historical districts in all 50 states. Since many
smaller “places” may not be represented by such organizations, PQI is also
widely publicizing its search.

Anyone can enter a community in the free competition by simply taking some
pictures, uploading them on the PQI website at, and providing a brief description of the
community being nominated. Entries will be accepted until August 31.

A panel of judges from major media outlets will then evaluate the entries and
select 60 finalists in the competition, 10 from each of six geographic
regions. After further research, including unannounced site visits, the judges
will name the 12 Prettiest Painted Places in America in October.

What’s in it for the towns and communities that participate? In addition to
bragging rights for the winners, every place that enters will be part of an
extensive national publicity campaign conducted by the Paint Quality

For more information on the Prettiest Painted Places in America competition,

About the Paint Quality Institute (SM)

The Paint Quality Institute (SM) was formed by Rohm and Haas Company (now a
wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”)) in 1989 to
educate people on the advantages of using quality interior and exterior paints
and coatings. The Paint Quality Institute's goal is to provide information on
the virtues of quality paint as well as color trends and decorating with paint
through a variety of vehicles, including television appearances, newspaper and
magazine articles, and instructional literature. Please be sure to visit the
Paint Quality Institute at

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The Paint Quality Institute(sm)
Dow Coating Materials
Deborah Zimmer
Office: 215-619-1683
Mobile: 215-962-5551
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