These small towns have big plans. Today, T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) announced the 25 small towns winning Hometown Grants to jumpstart vital community development projects to re-energize these towns and build upon what makes them unique. Hometown Grants are part of the Un-carrier's massive commitment to bring 5G to rural America.
Over the next five years, T-Mobile plans to hire 7,500 new employees in small towns and rural communities and provide $25 million in grants for community development projects. Earlier this month, the Un-carrier unveiled the FIRST Hometown Techover winner, Woodstock, Ill. which will receive a prize package worth $3M and become the crown jewel of 5G for small towns across America. And today, 25 additional well-deserving small towns will snag a grant to improve their communities. Meet the winners and their projects:
"These incredible projects spark innovation, ingenuity and hard work that have always been the hallmark of our nation's small towns," said Jon Freier, Executive Vice President of Consumer Group at T-Mobile. "From beautifying historic Main Streets to building all-new retail spaces, pop-ups and parks ... this is part of our commitment to rural America, and we can't wait to see all these creative plans come to life."
T-Mobile partnered with Main Street America and Smart Growth America, two consulting partners with a combined experience of more than 60 years working to help build stronger, more prosperous small towns and rural communities. Together, they determined the grant recipients based on detail and fullness of the submission, community impact, viability of the project among other factors. And this group is just the first ? recipients are selected and awarded on a quarterly basis, so towns with populations less than 50,000 are eligible and encouraged to apply.
"We're thrilled to work with T-Mobile and Smart Growth America to support these inspiring projects in rural communities across the country," said Main Street America's President and CEO Patrice Frey. "These grant recipients demonstrate the creativity and passion for place we've seen in Main Street communities for decades, and we're excited to see their projects take shape."
"SGA is committed to the resilience of America's small towns, having worked in scores of towns and cities in rural places over the past 12 years," said Smart Growth America's President and CEO Calvin Gladney. "Each of the 25 towns selected to receive a T-Mobile grant demonstrated their imagination and commitment to a project that will enliven a sense of place and lift the lives of their citizens."
Commitment to Rural America
T-Mobile Hometown Grants is just one of the many initiatives underscoring T-Mobile's commitment to rural America. Beyond amazing deals on plans and new devices, the Un-carrier's unleashed a new broadband service available to nearly 10 million rural households ? T-Mobile Home Internet ? and a commitment to build hundreds of new stores and create 7,500 new jobs supporting the wireless needs of communities across rural America. More than just bringing wireless, T-Mobile wants to be part of the community and help small towns thrive.
For full details on how to submit a proposal for Hometown Grants, visit https://www.t-mobile.com/brand/hometown-grants.
For more information about T-Mobile's commitment to small towns, visit T-Mobile.com/AcrossAmerica.
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About Main Street America
Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for over 40 years. Today, it is a network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development Since 1980, communities participating in the program have leveraged more than $89.57 billion in new public and private investment, generated 687,321 net new jobs and 154,435 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 303,836 buildings. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. For more information, visit www.mainstreet.org.
About Smart Growth America
About Smart Growth America: Smart Growth America envisions a country where no matter where you live, or who you are, you can enjoy living in a place that is healthy, prosperous, and resilient. We empower communities through technical assistance, advocacy, and thought leadership to realize our vision of livable places, healthy people, and shared prosperity. https://smartgrowthamerica.org/.