Mars Hill/Marshall both receive T-Mobile grants for townprojects – Mountain Xpress

Press release from T-Mobile:
Today, T-Mobile announced two North Carolina cities – Mars Hill and Marshall – as part of the 25 small towns winning Hometown Grants to jumpstart vital community development projects.
Laura Ponder, Upper Laurel Community Organization, Inc.: “Thank you to T-Mobile for providing much needed funding to transform space at our Upper Laurel Community Center into a certified, commercial kitchen.  This addition will build community by bringing people together while providing educational opportunities allowing community members to prepare, cook and process food while meeting regulatory standards.  Using these facilities will enhance the sustainability of local food and provide a boost to new or existing food entrepreneurs. We are grateful for T-Mobile’s trust and generous support! “ 
Nancy Allen, Mayor, City of Marshall (NC)“On behalf of the Town of Marshall and as Mayor, we are honored to receive this wonderful grant for our Madison County Arts Council’s roof repair for one of our distinguished buildings in Marshall.  The Madison County Arts Council is working diligently to renovate and restore this building for the purpose of having more spaces available for our arts, children, town and public. In order to preserve a wonderful building and to expand the use of this facility, we need opportunities, like this grant, to provide the necessary repairs.  Again, thank you so much for this grant and we are so appreciative of this opportunity! 
David McClurkin, BOD Chair, Marshall (NC): “On behalf of the board of the Madison County Arts Council, I would like to thank you for your forward thinking in awarding this grant to our organization. This very generous contribution for the repair of our roof will ensure the comfort and safety of our audience, artists, patrons, and staff. We have long been an anchor for the traditional arts, music, and culture of our region. With your help we can continue to be an essential, inspiring focal point for the entire community, and support the creative economy and quality of life for all of Madison County.” 

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