DES MOINES — Iowans are encouraged to vote for their favorite hometown video in order for that community to win a mural painted by Iowa artist Ben Schuh.

Iowa Economic Development Authority spokeswoman Elizabeth Christenson says 26 Iowa communities submitted videos as part of the contest and you can see them all on the agency’s Facebook page. “We just thought it was a great way to bring communities together after a couple of rough years,” Christenson says. “We hold the contest for communities all over the state of Iowa to create videos to showcase their small businesses and their hometown spirit.”

This is the second year for the program and Christenson says they’ve made a change from last year, when Knoxville was the victor. This time, finalists will not be determined by popular vote, but rather by reaching a vote threshold based on population. “The videos that meet their vote threshold will move on to the finalist round where the communities will receive an assignment,” she says. “They will have five business days to complete the assignment, and then we’ll have an independent panel of judges that will review the assignment and the video that they submitted to determine the winner.”

Iowans can vote for their favorite video once a day per Facebook account. The deadline is Wednesday. The winner will be announced in July.