LISC Gets ATT Grant

February 14, 2008
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GRAND RAPIDS — The AT&T Foundation awarded a $24,800 grant Wednesday to the Local Initiatives Support Corp. to improve its technology system.

The grant will help LISC offices in Grand Rapids, Flint and Kalamazoo upgrade their phone systems and Web-based communications and improve their presentation technology.

“Having LISC in our community for almost 20 years supporting many organizations with capacity building and project financing has been good for Grand Rapids,” said Rosalynn Bliss, 2nd Ward city commissioner and chairwoman of the LISC Local Advisory Committee.

AT&T Foundation Director of External Affairs John Schwartz presented the grant to Bliss on behalf of LISC, which will use it to buy computers, printers, phone systems and other equipment.

Since 1980, LISC has helped 2,800 organizations across the nation build or rehab more than 215,000 affordable homes and over 30 million square feet of retail, community and educational space, developments that have been worth more than $22 billion.

“Keeping technology updated is so essential to our business yet often gets squeezed out of an annual budget,” said Tahirih Ziegler, executive director of Michigan LISC. “This generous grant gives us a real opportunity to upgrade our systems statewide.”

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