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Uniontown Community Development Association to receive $3,500 from the Avista Foundation

Oct. 4, 2012: Over the past 50 years in rural, small towns, job loss and business closures are unfortunate realities that Uniontown, Wash., is not immune to. With a goal of combating this trend, the volunteers in the Uniontown Community Development Association (UCDA) work tirelessly to promote local businesses and develop new job opportunities. One venture, the transformation of a deteriorating vacant building into a food product processing and retail center, will require funding from community partners. The Avista Foundation will grant $3,500 to the effort.
 
“The development of this center will provide more than 10 new jobs and will put a vacant commercial building back into productive use,” said Dale Miller, president, Uniontown Community Development Association. “With the generous support of the Avista Foundation, we can continue our work to reenergize this community with the spirit of innovation that is needed to succeed.”
 
“Promoting business growth and job creation is fundamental to the revitalization of our small, rural communities,” said Paul Kimmell, Avista regional business manager for the Palouse. “The Avista Foundation is proud to be a part of such an innovative project whose long-term economic effects can make a significant difference.”
 
Third Quarter 2012 Avista Foundation Grants
Organization
Amount
Purpose
Providence Health Care Foundation
$50,000
Pediatric Emergency Room
Uniontown Community Development Foundation
$3,500
Refurbishment of Main Street commercial space
Wild Horse Sports Association
$3,500
Community sports complex
Palouse Clearwater Environmental Institute
$3,000
Demonstration solar energy project
Oregon Dental Foundation
$2,500
2-day free dental clinic in Medford
 
 
 
About the Avista Foundation
The Avista Foundation, established in 2002, focuses its giving on grants that strengthen communities and enhance the quality of life for people served by Avista Utilities in eastern Washington, northern Idaho, southern Oregon and Sanders County, Montana. The foundation focuses its giving in the areas of:
·         education – K-12 education particularly in the fields of science, math and technology; and higher education including scholarships,
·         vulnerable and limited income populations – providing assistance to those on limited incomes and support for initiatives to reduce poverty,
·         economic and cultural vitality – supporting projects that help communities and citizens to grow and prosper.
 
Information on the Avista Foundation is available at www.avistafoundation.org . The Avista Foundation is a separate, non-profit organization established by Avista Corp. The foundation does not receive funding from Avista Utilities customers through rates.

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