Southeast Gas presents community betterment funds to CCEDC, AACC

Published 11:00 am Monday, June 5, 2023

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Southeast Gas recently awarded Community Betterment Funds in the amount of $7,500 to the Covington County Economic Development Commission (CCEDC) and $7,500 to the Andalusia Area Chamber of Commerce.

Andalusia City Councilman and Southeast Gas Board Chair Kennith Mount requested funds to enhance existing industry and recruit new businesses to the City of Andalusia on behalf of the CCEDC and the Andalusia Area Chamber of Commerce.

Community Development Funds are just one way that Southeast Gas invests in Andalusia and communities throughout Southeast Alabama. In 2022, the company restructured its existing approach to economic development by adding an emphasis on community development to support existing and potential commercial businesses in cities served by Southeast Gas.

Southeast Gas Director of Community Development Jimmy Black is working alongside CCEDC, the Andalusia Area Chamber of Commerce, and other local economic development agencies, chambers of commerce, and organizations like the Alabama Retailers Association and the Alabama Center for Real Estate to support and enhance efforts to locate and retain commercial entities in the region.

“Helping communities like Andalusia thrive and improve the overall quality of life of all residents is our priority,” Black said. “For some communities, that may look like helping improve and market undeveloped parcels of property. For others, it could be as simple as working to establish a community vision and long-range plans. Regardless of how large or small the community, there are opportunities for us to serve those communities in ways that provide the greatest benefit for them individually.”

In addition to direct financial support, Southeast Gas invests thousands of dollars annually to promote economic growth in Greenville and Southeast Alabama through infrastructure expansion programs, rebates and incentives, and large-scale community service projects for local schools and non-profits.

Southeast Gas provides natural gas service to more than 32,000 customers in 36 communities throughout Southeast Alabama and is owned by 14 cities – Abbeville, Andalusia, Brundidge, Dothan, Elba, Enterprise, Eufaula, Fort Deposit, Greenville, Headland, Luverne, Opp, Ozark, and Troy.