Hamilton edged out Athens, Ohio, to advance into the Final Four of competition in the Strongest Town competition. Strong Towns is a national media organization whose mission is to advocate for a model of development that allows America’s cities, towns and neighborhoods to grow financially strong and resilient.

Hamilton was selected for the n competition by a panel of judges from over 1,000 nominations from around the world. Winners are determined by a weighted vote of Strong Town Members and the general public. Anyone with an email address may vote in the competition.

This round of the Final Four competition involves a podcast highlighting Hamilton, which includes an interview conducted by Jacob Moss of Strong Towns. The Hamilton podcast began airing on Tuesday.

To vote for Hamilton in the Final Four Round, log on to the Strong Town website at www.strongtowns.org. Click on the Strongest Town link and follow the directions on how to vote.

Hamilton is the smallest town in the competition and the only Missouri community chosen.

Hamilton’s Final Four competition is Watertown, South Dakota, with a population of 20,488.

Voting in this round runs through Friday, March 27.