The city of Toledo has been chosen by T-Mobile as one of the 25 small towns — and one of only three in Oregon — winning Hometown Grants to jumpstart vital community development projects to re-energize the towns and build upon what makes them unique.
A short ceremony to present the $23,500 check was held on Wednesday, Oct. 6, in front of Toledo City Hall.
City Manager Judy Richter explained that T-Mobile chose Toledo based on its plan to transform Main Street through business beautifications and murals, leading to a vibrant, economically resilient downtown corridor. This art project, involving resident artists and high school students, has been going on all summer.
Over the next five years, T-Mobile plans to hire 7,500 new employees in small towns and rural communities and provide $25 million in grants for community development projects. “These incredible projects spark innovation, ingenuity and hard work that have always been the hallmark of our nation’s small towns,” Jon Freier, executive vice president of Consumer Group at T-Mobile, said. “From beautifying historic Main Streets to building all-new retail spaces, pop-ups and parks … this is part of our commitment to rural America, and we can’t wait to see all these creative plans come to life.”