Alabama Power Foundation awards Gateway grants for 2016
Grants help provide welcome signs to promote communities statewide

The Alabama Power Foundation has awarded more than $42,000 in Gateway grants. The 22 grants support the construction or upgrading of signs to welcome visitors into cities, towns and communities across Alabama.

Gateway’s goal is to help revitalize communities by funding well-designed signage to greet visitors. The signs can also help attract new business and industry to cities and towns.

“The Gateway program recognizes that our cities and towns are not just dots on the map, but are the heartbeat of our state,” said Myla Calhoun, president of the Alabama Power Foundation. “Signs express community pride and support economic development and tourism.”  

Here are the recipients of Gateway grants for 2016:

  • City of Bay Minette
  • City of Bayou La Batre
  • City of Centreville
  • City of Fayette
  • City of Gadsden
  • City of Helena
  • City of Jasper
  • City of Livingston
  • City of Montgomery
  • City of Prichard
  • City of Rainbow City
  • City of Vernon
  • HandsOn River Region
  • Marengo County Economic Development Authority
  • Pickens County Commission
  • Sylacauga Beautification Council
  • Town of Harpersville
  • Town of Hayneville
  • Town of Kennedy
  • Town of Lisman
  • Town of Morris
  • Town of Oak Grove

Gateway is one of several community programs funded by the Alabama Power Foundation. In its fifth year, the Gateway program has awarded more than $230,000 through 118 grants.

Created in 1989 with funds donated by shareholders, the Alabama Power Foundation has provided support with non-ratepayer dollars to Alabama communities, educational institutions and nonprofits through more than 20,000 grants and scholarships.

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