KGPCo to Mentor Fort Dodge, Iowa with America’s Best Communities Adopt-A-Community Program
$10 million America’s Best Communities competition — sponsored by Frontier Communications, DISH Network, The Weather Channel and CoBank — aims to spark innovation and growth in small towns Fort Dodge to be adopted by KGPCo, an innovative provider of supply chain and logistics solutions
FORT DODGE, Iowa, JUNE 19, 2015 — Across the country, 50 communities are celebrating their victories in the first round of the America’s Best Communities competition, a $10 million initiative to stimulate economic revitalization in small towns and cities. KGPCo, a national distributor specializing in all aspects of supply chain management and logistics solutions for the telecommunications industry, will adopt one of those communities, Fort Dodge, Iowa, and will serve as a strategic advisor to help the city develop a comprehensive strategy to accelerate the revival of their local economy and improve quality of life.
Fort Dodge, home to 25,001 people, will be awarded $35,000 in prize money from the America’s Best Communities competition to build and implement a Community Revitalization Plan, and KGP plans to contribute an additional $15,000 to bring the community’s total winnings to $50,000.
The sponsors of the America’s Best Communities competition — Frontier Communications, DISH Network, The Weather Channel and CoBank — announced April 29 the winning communities that have advanced into the quarterfinals of this innovative campaign, which aims to jumpstart economic development and investment in rural America. The 50 quarterfinalist communities will now have six months to shape and refine their revitalization plans for the chance to win up to an additional $3 million to bring their ideas to life.
In the months ahead, KGPCo will forge partnerships with local leaders in the Fort Dodge, providing guidance and support as they build plans to strengthen their community. KGPCo is one of 50 companies participating in the America’s Best Communities Adopt-a-Community Program.
“By investing in America’s small towns and rural communities, we’ll make our entire nation stronger and accelerate our economic recovery. That’s why we were eager to join the America’s Best Communities competition,” said Desi O’Grady, KGP Vice President – Broadband Networks. “It’s a chance for us to partner with Fort Dodge, Iowa to help the community move forward along the path to prosperity. We’re looking forward to getting started. Congratulations to Fort Dodge, and thank you to Frontier Communications and all of the America’s Best Communities sponsors, DISH Network, The Weather Channel and CoBank, for providing us with this opportunity to help revitalize rural America.”
“With the support of partners like KGP, America’s Best Communities will help small towns and cities achieve a stronger, more resilient future for generations to come,” said Frontier General Manager Greg Hinz. “Frontier Communications launched this $10 million competition to help enhance quality of life and jumpstart economic revitalization in the communities we serve, and we are so excited to see the impact it is already making, bringing communities like Fort Dodge, Iowa together to develop a collective vision for sustainable growth and community development.”
America’s Best Communities is a multi-stage, three-year competition that will provide $4 million in seed money and other support to assist communities as they develop new economic growth strategies. The top three communities will receive a total of $6 million in prize money.
The 50 quarterfinalist communities have six months to complete their comprehensive Community Revitalization Plans to be considered for additional investment. In early 2016, 15 semifinalists will be selected to attend the America’s Best Communities summit to present their strategies, with eight finalists then awarded $100,000 to continue implementation of their plans.
In April 2017, America’s Best Communities will name its three competition winners — those with the most innovative proposals being effectively implemented. The winning community will be awarded $3 million, with $2 million for second place and $1 million for third.
For more on America’s Best Communities and its Adopt-a-Community Program, visit www.americasbestcommunities.com.
KGPCo is one of the country’s largest single-source value-added suppliers of supply chain services, communications equipment and integrated solutions to the telecommunications industry. With a diverse and valued customer base, a national logistics network, and a portfolio of manufacturer partnerships that is second to none, the company is positioned to provide unique products and services to the communications market. www.kgplogistics.com
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Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: FTR) offers broadband, voice, video, wireless Internet data access, data security solutions, bundled offerings, specialized bundles for residential customers, small businesses and home offices and advanced communications for medium and large businesses in 28 states. Frontier's approximately 17,800 employees are based entirely in the United States. More information is available at www.frontier.com.