Intermodal discusses grants, roads and Community Foundation
The City of Corning has been the focus of most of Intermodal Executive Director, Graycen Bigger’s energy in the past month as she explained to members of the NEA Regional Intermodal Authority on Thursday, March 28 in Corning. Bigger has been immersed in working in Community Foundation and grants working closely with Corning Mayor Greg Ahrent. She described the drainage situation in Corning in the Crafton Addition and the plan to alleviate flooding in that area should the AEDC grant be approved.
Member Milton Smith gave the financial report which included a deposit from the City of Corning and Lawrence County for their annual dues. All memberships have been paid for the year and Smith reported a balance of $251,910.51.
Bigger shared that overall, 30 people participated in the Arkansas Community Foundation meetings at Black River Technical College and at Citizen’s Vault in Walnut Ridge last week. The forums were conducted to determine the need for a local community foundation affiliate and to discover the charitable needs of the region. She explained that in order to move forward and form a foundation for Clay, Randolph and Lawrence counties, $30,000 would need to be raised. Bigger said that there was a match available from the Community Foundation, “So we really only need to raise $15,000 and we are a third of the way there after this week,” she clarified. “Next week my plan is to let this digest with people and take it back to especially some of the corporate folks that were there and see where they’re at with it because it doesn’t have to be cash in hand to get that match, it just has to be pledges.” Bigger said Sarah Kinser with the Community Foundation was very excited and told her that she was going to go ahead and put it in the budget that they were moving forward with forming the foundation.
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