Dominion East Ohio Distributes $110,000 In Community Impact Awards

      Dominion East Ohio Distributes $110,000 In Community Impact Awards

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CLEVELAND, April 4, 2014

CLEVELAND, April 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Dominion East Ohio today presented
$110,000 in grants to 13 winning community organizations in its 19^th annual
Community Impact Awards competition, co-sponsored with Inside Business
Magazine.

A panel of community judges chose the winners from among more than 60 entries,
submitted by organizations throughout northeast Ohio. The award recognizes
cities or organizations that have made an impact in the community. The
Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources Inc.,
Dominion East Ohio's parent company, funds the Community Impact grants. The
Dominion Foundation is dedicated to the economic, physical and social health
of the communities that Dominion companies serve.

"This year's award-winning projects and the organizations that planned,
organized and carried them out are making a real difference in their home
communities," said Scott Miller, Dominion East Ohio vice president and general
manager. "These projects demonstrate the creativity, commitment and community
spirit of our region's non-profit and economic development agencies."

Since 1996, Dominion East Ohio has distributed more than $1.2 million in
Community Impact Awards to organizations throughout its service area. This
year's Community Impact Award winners are:

  oThe St. Clair Superior Development Corporation received $12,500 for its
    Cleveland Flea program, a monthly collection of vendors selling their
    wares, which has rejuvenated the East Side neighborhood. For example, the
    2013 Holiday Flea alone attracted 10,000 shoppers, who generated $100,000
    in neighborhood economic activity. Cleveland Flea and other St. Clair
    Superior Development programs have spawned five new businesses and boosted
    existing neighborhood enterprises.



  oKent State University received $12,500 for its joint efforts with the city
    of Kent in fostering $110 million in revitalization projects that have
    linked the school with the city's downtown. Highlights include College
    Town Kent, a $35 million mixed-use redevelopment block featuring
    apartments and three anchor corporate tenants. Another major project was
    the $15 million Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center.



  oWestern Reserve Land Conservancy received $10,000 as winner of the second
    annual special Environmental Award for its work in helping preserve the
    Lake Erie Bluffs scenic shoreline in Lake County from planned industrial
    and commercial development. Working with Lake Metroparks, the Conservancy
    helped raise more than $10 million needed to purchase a 345-acre tract,
    which now connects 140 acres of existing parkland to the east and a
    115-acre park to the west. The site, located near the Perry Nuclear Power
    Plant, attracts hikers, kayakers, anglers and birders, along with such
    wildlife as bald eagles.



  oLAND Studio received $10,000 for its work in transforming the once
    neglected Perk Park to an oasis of greenery in the heart of downtown
    Cleveland. LAND Studio, created in the 2011 merger of ParkWorks and
    Cleveland Public Art, collaborated with the Downtown Cleveland Alliance to
    raise $3.5 million for Perk Park redesign and renovation. The
    reinvigorated Perk Park hosts weekly spring and summer events, such as the
    popular "Walnut Wednesdays," which regularly attract 1,000 diners to
    sample the wares of a dozen food truck vendors.



  oThe Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (MOCA Cleveland) received $10,000
    in recognition of the positive community and economic impact of its new,
    34,000-square foot home in the Uptown District of Cleveland's University
    Circle. In its first year at the new location, its first permanent home,
    MOCA Cleveland attracted more than 56,000 visitors, who also boosted the
    neighborhood's economy by frequenting local restaurants and shops.



  oNortheast Shores Development Corp. received $10,000 for its work in
    promoting growth of the Waterloo Arts District in Cleveland's North Shore
    Collinwood neighborhood. Those efforts include constructing a unique
    streetscape, featuring murals, and building critically needed,
    environmentally friendly, parking space to accommodate an increasing
    number of visitors. The new lots also provided room for pop-up
    performances and art installations.



  oSlavic Village Development received $10,000 for its Neighbors Invest in
    Broadway project, which helps residents purchase and refurbish formerly
    foreclosed and abandoned homes in this historic Cleveland district. Slavic
    Village had been a poster child of the nation's urban housing crisis and
    its associated predatory lending, foreclosures and population loss. In
    just three years the program has helped 20 new homeowners and saved 31
    vacant homes. That has generated increased business for local merchants
    and an estimated $125,000 increase in property taxes.



  oGordon Square Arts District received $10,000 for its role in transforming
    a once moribund section of Cleveland's Detroit Shoreway neighborhood into
    a thriving arts district. Major components of a $30 million plan included
    the renovation and reopening of the 1921-vintage Capitol Theatre, which
    now draws nearly 60,000 moviegoers a year. Another major project was
    construction of the new, $7.3 million Near West Theatre. Since 2006, more
    than 75 new businesses have opened in the neighborhood, with an estimated
    150,000 patrons visiting neighborhood shops, restaurants and entertainment
    venues from 2012 to 2013.



  oOhio City Inc. received $5,000 for developing the Near West Recreation
    program, which enables city youth a chance to play organized baseball at a
    family friendly price. If children's families cannot afford the suggested
    $20 donation, gear will be provided to any child who needs it. The program
    began in 2012 with a T-ball program for players 4 to 6 years old,
    attracting 120 players. The program returned in 2013, along with a
    coach-pitch program for players 7 to 9. Providing such youth programs
    helps Ohio City attract young families to purchase homes and establish
    roots in the neighborhood.



  oHistoric Gateway Neighborhood Corp. received $5,000 in honor of its Take a
    Hike guided tours of Cleveland neighborhoods. The tours are guided by
    costumed actors, portraying noted local historical figures, such as former
    U.S. Rep. Frances Payne Bolton, or Milton Kranz, longtime manager of the
    Hanna Theatre. The tours cover five different downtown neighborhoods,
    including Gateway, Warehouse District, Playhouse Square, Civic Center, and
    Canal Basin Park. Guides discuss the area's geography, history, future
    developments and importance to the city.



  oNeighborhood Development Services of Barberton received $5,000 for its
    Lake 8 Movies project, which renovated, modernized and revived a 1938-era
    downtown cinema. Neighborhood Development Services, a non-profit that
    revives neighborhoods and communities by attracting and partnering with
    investors, purchased the closed theatre from the city, and installing
    state-of-the-art digital audio and projection equipment. The Lake reopened
    in April 2013, drawing more than 50,000 moviegoers, generating more than
    $485,000 in revenue and creating 25 jobs, with at least 13 full-time
    positions.



  oStark Education Partnership received $5,000 for its Now We Know program,
    which helps local school districts track the progress of students beyond
    graduation. The organization funded subscriptions to the Student Tracker
    data base for all 17 Stark County school districts, which include nearly
    62,000 students. The program helps school officials track who attends
    college and where and how long it takes them to graduate. So far the
    program has tracked 13,500 county students. That number is expected to
    increase by 2,500 to 3,000 each year.



  oThe Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce received $5,000 for its
    work in brokering a grant of free access to Siemens' Project Lifecycle
    Management software for Youngstown State University, a gift that carried a
    $440 million retail market value. Students at YSU's College of Science,
    Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are using the software, which
    enables them to help manage projects from the design phase all the way to
    production. Such hands-on experience with software used by 70,000
    companies and government agencies, including 800 in Ohio alone, will make
    YSU graduate more attractive to employers.



Dominion Resources Inc. based in Richmond, Virginia, one of the nation's
largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of
approximately 23,600 megawatts of generation, 10,900 miles of natural gas
transmission, gathering and storage pipeline and 6,400 miles of electric
transmission lines. Dominion operates one of the nation's largest natural gas
storage systems with 947 billion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves
retail energy customers in 10 states.

SOURCE Dominion East Ohio

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