10450222_1426810140947642_1380566733797053884_o Community leaders have raised $15,000 in private matching funds to proceed with Bullhead City’s grant application in Frontier Communications’ nationwide “America’s Best Communities” competition.  Securing matching fund commitments is a requirement for the grant application.

“We have letters of financial commitment from nine different entities totaling over $15,000,” said Lisa McCabe, outgoing president of the Bullhead Regional Economic Development Authority (BREDA) and co-chair of the local ABC grant project task force, “Amazing Bullhead City.”

Match funding contributors include Bullhead City Morning Kiwanis Club, Bullhead City Rotary Club, Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce, BREDA, the Bullhead City/Mohave Valley Association of Realtors, Nola and Bill Charles, Los Matadores de Bullhead City, and  an anonymous donor.

“This town is amazing,” said Chris Barton, president of the Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce and the task force’s co-chair.

The grant allows for fifty first round winners to each receive $35,000 (plus the required $15,000 community match). Winning communities also will receive a GoPro® camera to share their stories along the way to completion.

Frontier will then select 15 communities in its service area as semi-finalists, each receiving $100,000 without any match requirements.   Three communities will be named as finalists, receiving $1,000,000, $2,000,000  and a grand prize of $3,000,000, respectively.

The Amazing Bullhead City grant task force represents a wide cross section of business and community leaders who developed a four-prong approach for local  revitalization.  This plan is anchored by a redevelopment of Hancock Road into a “sense of place,” creating a downtown area where residents can connect with each other and with the business community.  In addition to the proposed revitalization of Hancock Road, the other prongs are development of education, business networking and community leadership opportunities.
First-phase winners of $50,000 will be notified on April 29.  If Bullhead City is selected, funds will

be dedicated to the planning stages, including architectural, engineering and traffic studies.  “Walkability” and “Live-ability” are two of the terms often used about developing a new heart of a community.

Additional information about the project is on FaceBook at ABCHancockRoad (www.facebook.com/ABCHancockRoad).