This is a non-authoritative response, but looking at the Project FAQ (http://firstlegoleague.org/community/BlogPostPage.aspx?id=6800), we can see that a team might want to defend that something as big as a state should be considered their local area. I would think that if the team has an explanation ready about why the second community is in a different geographical area, then it should be okay. The goal is to make a connection between your area and a different area with a similar problem. There are certainly Of course, it might make a more compelling story if the second location has some significant differences from the local area in ways other than the problem caused by climate. However, you can certainly find that within a single state that has coastal and mountain regions, or variations from north to south. ______________________________________________________________ To UNSUBSCRIBE or CHANGE YOUR SETTINGS, please visit https://listserv.jmu.edu/archives/vadcfll-l.html and select "Join or leave the list". If you want to join the VADCFLL-ADMIN-L mailing list - to which FLL administrative announcements will be distributed - visit https://listserv.jmu.edu/archives/vadcfll-admin-l.html and select "Join or leave the list".