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Pleasanton Weekly

- June 14, 2013

PG&E launches new economic vitality grant program

Local nonprofits eligible to sign up for grants

by Jeb Bing

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has launched an economic vitality grant program designed to promote economic growth in communities throughout the utility's service area in Northern and Central California.

Through this pilot program, up to $200,000 will be awarded to local government organizations, educational institutions and 501(c) 3 non-profit organizations to provide funding for projects or programs designed to spur innovation and job creation.

PG&E representatives said that the shareholder-funded program will invest in local initiatives that aim to attract, retain or expand local businesses, provide business development, incubation or acceleration opportunities, or provide valuable workforce training. In addition, these grants will be awarded to projects that aim to spur job creation within local economies struggling to recover from the economic downturn.

"As one of the state's largest employers and a key contributor to many local economies, PG&E is focused on the economic health of our customers and California," said Ezra Garrett, PG&E vice president for Community Relations and chief sustainability officer. "Through this pilot program, we will provide local non-profits and institutions the resources they need to spur job creation and to promote economic vitality in the communities which we are privileged to serve."

Applications for PG&E's Economic Vitality Grant Program will be accepted from June 4 through July 31. To learn more and apply, sign on to the PG&E website at


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