Great Plains Development awarded grant from The Kroger Company Foundation

The Kroger Company Foundation recently awarded Great Plains Development, Inc. (GPDI) a grant for community service to the 28 counties of southwest Kansas. Gary Johnson, GPDI Board of Directors secretary/treasurer (right front) accepts a check received by Faye Trent, GPDI Executive Co-Director.

DODGE CITY, KAN., August 26, 2019—Faye Trent and Bob Wetmore, Executive Co-Directors of Great Plains Development, Inc. (GPDI) announced receiving a grant from The Kroger Company Foundation, a community service of The Kroger Co., Cincinnati, Ohio. Dillons is a division of The Kroger Co. The Kroger grant may be used for operating expenses. Great Plains Development serves the 28 counties of southwest Kanas as a business loans and municipal grants public service agency. It is a charitable 501(c)3 organization. The Kroger Co. Foundation works to make a difference in the communities where they operate – across 35 states and the District of Columbia. They focus on supporting our communities’ needs today and finding solutions to help end hunger tomorrow. Working together with community organizations, they believe they achieve meaningful change that transforms the communities. GPDI has recently been awarded operating grants from ITC Holdings Corp./ITC Great Plains, Walmart and the Western Kansas Community Foundation, among others. Great Plains Development was awarded a grant based on its 30-plus years of making a crucial impact in southwest Kansas. Their application showed how they created/retained 7,748 jobs (averaging 250 a year) in their operating region. Recently, they have focused on job creation/retention, dwindling water supplies, community infrastructure rebuilding, significant housing needs and the support of small businesses. Great Plains Development continues to work with its 107 communities, 28 counties, over 100 regional banks and thousands of small businesses. “It’s exciting to be able to work with so many different people from a wide variety of locations, businesses and government agencies across our region,” said Faye Trent, Co-Director. “The Kroger Co. recognizes our important role in supporting us to continue those relationships and helping our communities grow.”