Faye Trent and Bob Wetmore, Executive Co-Directors of Great Plains

Development, Inc. announced receiving a grant from ITC Holdings Corp. Kim Goodnight, ITC Great Plains Regional Manager of Local Government and Community Affairs, presented the award to the GPDI

Board of Directors at their regional office in Dodge City.

ITC Holdings Corp., based in Novi, Michigan, invests in the electricity transmission grid across the nation.

The largest independent electricity transmission company in the country, ITC operates in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula and portions of Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma.

ITC also focuses on new areas where significant transmission system improvements are needed through ITC Grid Development and its subsidiaries.

"We are proud to have been recognized for our community development contributions to the 28 counties of southwest Kansas," said Trent. "ITC recognizes the significant impact we have providing gap funding, municipal grants, economic development and technical assistance to the 107 incorporated cities, over 50 banks and the hundreds of small businesses in our region."

The ITC Charitable Giving Program takes an active role in developing long-lasting relationships and partnerships within communities. ITC is dedicated to being a good neighbor and providing support for programs that are important to the communities they serve.

ITC supports programs and projects for charitable organizations that have been recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Great Plains Development qualified for a grant primarily for the community, social services provided to southwest Kansas and its secondary role in environmental stewardship.

"It’s exciting to be able to work with so many different people from a wide variety of locations, businesses and government agencies across our region," said Wetmore. "ITC Holdings recognizes our important role in supporting us to continue those relationships and help our communities grow."

For more information about Great Plains Development, call 620-227-6406 or email them at gpdi@gpdionline.com.