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LCRA, Bluebonnet award $2,550 grant for new lighting for Fayetteville sign

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 2017


LCRA and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative representatives present a $2,550 grant to the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce for new lighting for the Fayetteville sign. The grant is part of LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. Pictured, front row from left to right, are: Liz Cubage, Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce treasurer; Tami Blaschke-Walker, City of Schulenburg city administrator and CDPP review committee member; Terri McPherson, chamber president; Byron Balke, Bluebonnet director; Hondo Powell, Bluebonnet community and development services representative; and Lori A. Berger, LCRA Board member. Back row, from left to right: Kathy Mabry, chamber member; Dean Mabry, chamber member; and Judy Burklund, chamber member.

FAYETTEVILLE, Texas – The Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce soon will purchase new, energy-efficient lighting for the Fayetteville sign at the intersection of Texas 71 and FM 955, thanks to a $2,550 community development grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative. 

The grant, along with $650 in local matching funds, will enhance the city’s highway billboard to draw more attention to Fayetteville. In addition to new overall LED lighting, the grant also will add electric plugs to provide for lighting around an area at the bottom of the sign that will highlight festivals or other events in town. 

“Fayetteville is off the beaten path,” said Liz Cubage, Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce treasurer. “It is not on Highway 290 or on Highway 71; it is somewhere in-between. We welcome visitors and new businesses, but sometimes people drive by without realizing our great little community is just a few miles off the highway. This billboard is critical to helping people find us.”  

Cubage said the Chamber of Commerce hopes improving the billboard will help attract visitors who will attend local festivals, spend the night in local lodges, spend money at local businesses and come back frequently. 

The community grant is one of a number of grants recently awarded through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. The program provides economic development and community assistance grants to cities, counties, volunteer fire departments, regional development councils and other nonprofit organizations in LCRA’s electric and water service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves. Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative is one of LCRA’s wholesale electric customers and a partner in the grant program. 

Applications for the next round of grants are due Jan. 31. More information is available at lcra.org/cdpp. 

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