CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Nov. 11, 2021)– ITC Midwest has awarded $200,000 to the ReLeaf Program to support tree replanting in Cedar Rapids following the August 2020 derecho. ReLeaf Cedar Rapids is a comprehensive initiative led by Trees Forever in partnership with the City of Cedar Rapids to replant and grow the tree canopy lost in the catastrophic storm.
“As home to our downtown headquarters and many of our employees, and the largest city in our electric transmission service area, we know firsthand the devastation Cedar Rapids sustained during the derecho,” said ITC Midwest President Dusky Terry. “ITC Midwest’s commitment to the communities we serve extends beyond power restoration. Trees are essential for our environment, our community, and our quality of life.”
The organizations involved in ReLeaf are working collaboratively to develop and implement a long-term effort that will address the urgency to reforest public spaces and provide outreach for tree planting on public and private property in Cedar Rapids. In addition, ITC Midwest will be supporting other tree-replanting initiatives in communities throughout the derecho storm zone into the future.
“ITC Midwest is a longtime, recognized leader in our community and is once again stepping forward with a generous investment to benefit current and future generations,” said Kiley Miller, Trees Forever CEO.
In 2020 and 2021, ITC Midwest has provided $500,000 in funding to support pandemic and derecho disaster relief to various organizations throughout its service territory. Through its Charitable Giving Program, ITC Midwest supports organizations that make a strong, positive social impact and improve the quality of life in the communities served by the company.
About ITC Midwest ITC Midwest LLC is a subsidiary of ITC HOLDINGS CORP., the largest independent electricity transmission company in the U.S. ITC Midwest operates more than 6,600 circuit miles of transmission lines in Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois and Missouri, and holds utility status in Wisconsin. ITC Midwest is headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and maintains regional operating facilities in Dubuque, Iowa City and Perry, Iowa; and Albert Lea and Lakefield, Minnesota. For further information visit WWW.ITC-HOLDINGS.COM. ITC is a subsidiary of Fortis Inc., a leader in the North American regulated electric and gas utility industry. For further information visit WWW.FORTISINC.COM.