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Ponca City Development Authority Receives State Grant

PCDA awarded $96,435 grant to upgrade all existing lighting at City Central

PONCA CITY, OK -- The Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Office of Management and Enterprise Services and the US Department of Energy have chosen the Ponca City Development Authority’s (PCDA) building City Central for a $96,435 grant to upgrade all existing lighting. Several meetings and hours of work have been spent by staff to complete the application and post-application required for PCDA to receive these grant funds, which have a 20 percent matching requirement.

City Central is a 71,000 square foot, six story building in the heart of downtown Ponca City, which was donated to the City in 2016 and is managed by PCDA. The building was renovated with assistance of a Federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant and is home to a conference center, The Summit; a coworking space, The Link, commercial office space and community meeting areas.

“Bringing taxpayer’s money back home has always been a goal,” stated David Myers, CEcD, Executive Director for Ponca City Development Authority. “We are grateful to the Governor and the state, as well as our federal delegation, for making this money available. This grant will help City Central operate even more efficiently, further saving taxpayer dollars.”

Lighting assessments and project timelines are completed and Request for Proposals (RFPs) for this project are scheduled to be received and opened on October seventh. Plans can be reviewed at the Pioneer Technology Plan Room or at Construct Connect until bid opening.

“This project will also allow PCDA to apply to the Demand and Energy Efficiency Program, DEEP, for energy rebates, “said Laurence Beliel, Director of Business Retention and Expansion for PCDA.

“These rebates are intended to assist qualified customers in member cities, such as Ponca City, for these types of projects which reduce electric service energy demands and costs.”

PCDA is a public trust funded by a half cent sales tax and responsible for business retention and expansion, workforce and new business recruitment and development, small business programming and support as well as sustainable practices to promote cost and energy efficiency for Ponca City.

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Find more information on PCDA at www.GoPonca.com and City Central at www.CityCentralPC.com