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ITC Great Plains Provides Disaster Relief Funding to Support Small Business

Dec 23, 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. (December 23, 2020) – As our communities continue to feel the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, ITC Great Plains has committed funding to economic development organizations with the charge for them to identify small businesses in their respective communities to receive support. The effort is part of ITC’s three-phase funding commitment to support relief agencies throughout its seven-state footprint.

“During these extraordinary times, ITC Great Plains remains committed to taking an active role in the communities we serve,” said Brett Leopold, president of ITC Great Plains. “Just as the coronavirus pandemic has significantly impacted public health and so many aspects of our lives, small businesses, particularly those in rural communities, remain financially fragile.  Given that small businesses are the backbone of our economy, we have identified organizations that provide meaningful support to struggling small businesses for our final round of disaster funding this year.”

Specifically, ITC Great Plains will provide funding to support the work of the organizations listed here.

Hugo Industrial Authority

Ottawa County Economic Development

Pawnee County Economic Development

Rush County Economic Development

Osborne County Economic Development

As part of its second round of disaster relief funding, ITC Great Plains supported agencies that provide mental health and substance abuse services throughout Kansas and Oklahoma, including Compass Behavioral Health, High Plains Mental Health Center and the Mental Health Association of Oklahoma. The relief effort was part of ITC’s two-phase funding commitment to support relief agencies throughout its seven-state footprint. 

The first round of ITC Great Plains funding supported Kansas and Oklahoma food banks, pantries and soup kitchens who reported a significant increase in demand for their services at a time when many are struggling to secure the supplies and resources needed to survive the national COVID-19 crisis. During this initial round of funding, ITC provided funding to support the work of the Kansas Food Bank, Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma Southern Branch and Meals on Wheels of Eastern Kansas.

Through its Charitable Giving Program, ITC awards grants to qualified nonprofit organizations that deliver charitable services in the communities it serves. Grants support programs and projects that reflect ITC’s focus on education, environmental stewardship, social services, health and wellness, and arts and culture.  ITC is streamlining the process for its upcoming grant cycles to focus on two areas of giving announced today.  For more information, please see https://www.itc-holdings.com/community-approach/philanthropy.

About ITC Great Plains 
ITC Great Plains, LLC is a transmission-only utility operating in the Southwest Power Pool region. The company operates approximately 470 circuit miles of transmission lines in Kansas and Oklahoma. ITC Great Plains maintains regional offices in Dodge City, Topeka and Wichita, Kansas, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. ITC Great Plains is a subsidiary of ITC Holdings Corp., the largest independent electric transmission company in the U.S. 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.

 

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Media Contact:
Liz Hunt, APR | ITC Great Plains 918-277-4868; ehunt@itctransco.com