Greenville receives Gateway grant

Published 2:59 pm Friday, August 29, 2014

Rod Cater, Greenville business office manager for Alabama Power Company, presents Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce Director Francine Wasden, Operation Coordinator Laura Sadowski and Chamber President Payne Meadows with a $2,000 check as part of the Alabama Power Foundation’s Gateway grant program. (Advocate Staff/Tracy Salter)

Rod Cater, Greenville business office manager for Alabama Power Company, presents Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce Director Francine Wasden, Operation Coordinator Laura Sadowski and Chamber President Payne Meadows with a $2,000 check as part of the Alabama Power Foundation’s Gateway grant program. (Advocate Staff/Tracy Salter)

The City of Greenville has been awarded a $2,000 Gateway grant by the Alabama Power Foundation.

Greenville was one of 19 cities to receive one of the grants. This year, the foundation has awarded more than $36,000 in Gateway grants, which are aimed at helping revitalize communities by funding well-designed entrances to greet visitors and potential new businesses.

“The foundation aims to support the people and communities of Alabama in many different ways,” said John Hudson, president of the Alabama Power Foundation. “Gateway is an example of that effort. Marking a community’s entrance with a welcoming gateway can help encourage civic pride and spur economic development.”

In three years, the Gateway program has already awarded more than $100,000 through more than 50 grants in central and southern Alabama. Other cities receiving grants included Atmore, Bayou la Batre, Butler, Calera, Center Point, Columbiana, Dauphin Island, Dora, Enterprise, Glen Allen, Irondale, Leeds, Morris, Moundville, Oak Grove, Samson and Yellow Bluff. The Sylacauga Beautification Council also received one of the grants.

Since it was founded in 1989 with an investment by Alabama Power shareholders, the foundation has given more than $140 million through more than 20,000 grants and scholarships.