Montgomery County Action Council Receives Evergy Grant

10 Sep 2020


Independence, KS., September 10, 2020 – The Montgomery County Action Council (MCAC) has been selected as a $25,000 grant recipient of Evergy’s Hometown Economic Recovery Program. The grant will allow MCAC to better promote site selection throughout Montgomery County. 

“Our area needs to be ready for prospective businesses, so that we can continue to grow and create new jobs for our communities.  This grant will allow us to certify the Independence West Laurel Industrial Park so that it is shovel ready for a new development” says Trisha Purdon, Executive Director of the Montgomery County Action Council.  “This grant will help us demonstrate a clear vision for a prospect with customizable building designs combined with shovel-ready designation, so that a business can build a custom building quickly and easily here in Montgomery County.”

The Evergy Hometown Economic Recovery Program provides grants to nonprofit agencies focused on rebuilding their local economies affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. “The grant will allow us to build a page on our website for site certification and a virtual specification building system with Next Move Group,” said Purdon. “Companies looking for a new building in our communities will be able to get a virtual representation of what could be available here.”

MCAC’s grant was one portion of Phase I of Evergy’s Hometown Economic Recovery Program, which drew over 100 applicants.. Phase II is open through October 1 and the company anticipates providing $800,000 between the two phases, in individual grants between $5,000 and $25,000. Eligible organizations eligible must be involved in small business needs, business attraction and expansion and workforce development. Further information can be found at evergy.com/landing/covid-19.

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About Evergy, Inc.

Evergy, Inc. (NYSE: EVRG) serves approximately 1.6 million customers in Kansas and Missouri and was formed in 2018 when long-term local energy providers KCP&L and Westar Energy merged. Nearly half the power Evergy generates for homes and businesses comes from emission-free sources. Evergy supports local communities and strives to meet the needs of customers through energy savings and innovative solutions.

About MCAC

Montgomery County Action Council (MCAC) is the result of meetings between business and community leaders in early 1983 to initiate a sustained county-wide collaboration to grow the economic climate in the county. Since its inception, MCAC has cooperated with a diverse group of individuals and organizations on the federal, state and local levels for the betterment of Montgomery County's businesses and citizens. These partnerships between government, education, medical and the business community are an essential element in the county's and region's mutual success.