MIAMI BEACH, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and Wells Fargo today announced Mayors Edwin Lee of San Francisco; Jorge O. Elorza of Providence, R.I.; and J. Richard Gray of Lancaster, Penn. are recognized with top honors on behalf of nonprofits in their cities with the 2017 CommunityWINS® Grant Program funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation.
Presented at the Conference’s 85th annual meeting in Miami Beach, Fla., the awards recognize nonprofits and cities for leadership in driving neighborhood stabilization, economic development and job creation efforts. An independent panel of judges selected recipients of the Wells Fargo-funded grants from 245 applicants representing small, medium and large cities.
“Our 2017 CommunityWINS Grant Program gives the Conference an opportunity to recognize positive neighborhood revitalization efforts in our cities that are making a difference in the lives of residents,” said Tom Cochran, CEO and Executive Director of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. “We are grateful to Wells Fargo and the Wells Fargo Foundation for their support of the CommunityWINS Program, which also highlights the talent and commitment of mayors and city governments.”
- San Francisco Mayor Lee was recognized and a $300,000 grant was awarded to nonprofit Main Street Launch for its Chinatown Initiative for Entrepreneurial Spirit and Innovation project. The effort will provide tailored technical assistance for Chinatown-based small businesses, create an online business directory, and complete a detailed analysis for 200 local businesses including listing them in ArcGIS mapping technologies and with public databases.
- Providence, R.I. Mayor Elorza was recognized and a $150,000 grant was awarded for the creation of Farm Fresh Rhode Island’s new state-of-the-art Harvest Kitchen that will be located in the heart of the neighborhood that was formerly a center of manufacturing and industry.
- Lancaster, Penn. Mayor Gray was recognized and a $150,000 grant was awarded to the Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County to alleviate lead paint hazards for 10 or more home-based daycare providers in Lancaster City, where the majority of housing was built prior to 1960s when lead paint was commonly used.
Additional 2017 CommunityWINS Grant Program Outstanding Achievement awards were also presented to:
- Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed on behalf of 3Star Community Corporation ($75,000);
- Santa Fe, N.M. Mayor Javier Gonzales on behalf of MAKE Santa Fe ($50,000); and
- Ithaca, N.Y. Mayor Svante Myrick on behalf of the Ithaca Downtown Business Improvement District ($50,000).
The grants were presented by Wells Fargo during USCM’s 85th annual meeting. Wells Fargo’s support makes the CommunityWINS Grant Program possible.
“Wells Fargo is delighted to collaborate with the US Conference of Mayors to make these grants available for nonprofits and enable them to make vital neighborhood revitalization improvements in their cities,” said Martin Sundquist, executive director of the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation. “Wells Fargo cares about the communities we serve and the 2017 CommunityWINS grant program is among several economic empowerment efforts we support that are focused on building better communities.”
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