Water and Environment Grant from American Water Charitable Foundation Funds Renovation of Millersburg Town Square


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MILLERSBURG, KY. (May 10, 2024) – A 2024 Water and Environment grant from the American Water Charitable Foundation will help fund the creation of a fountain and splash pad as part of the renovation of the park in Millersburg’s town square. The $40,000 grant was awarded to non-profit Community Ventures.

“Healthy communities provide public spaces where residents can gather and connect,” said Community Ventures CEO Kevin Smith. “We are proud to partner with the City of Millersburg to assist them in revitalizing the Millersburg town square and park, and we are grateful to American Water Charitable Foundation for awarding this grant to help make that happen.”

“The City of Millersburg appreciates the support of Community Ventures on this project,” said Millersburg Mayor Julie Hopkins. “Building a strong and healthy city requires teamwork, and we are thankful to have such great partners.”

The new town square park in Millersburg will include a recoated wrought iron fence, decorative lighting, handicap-accessible sidewalks, an American and POW/MIA flag, and an expanded patio under a shelter.

“The American Water Charitable Foundation is committed to participating and investing in organizations and programs that benefit the diverse communities served by American Water,” said Carrie Williams, President, of the American Water Charitable Foundation. “We take pride and are proud to further American Water’s ongoing commitment to being a good neighbor and strong partner in the community.”

The Water and Environment grant is part of the American Water Charitable Foundation’s Keep Communities Flowing Grant Program. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization established by American Water, the largest regulated water and wastewater utility company in the U.S., and aims to support high-impact projects and initiatives that further American Water’s commitment to ESG, as well as, inclusion, diversity, and equity.

To learn more about Community Ventures, visit cvky.org. 


About Community Ventures: Founded in 1982 as a community-based, non-profit organization, Community Ventures (CV) strengthens communities and improves the overall quality of life for Kentuckians by supporting job creation, small business ownership, and home ownership. CV is headquartered in Lexington with branch locations in Bowling Green, Campbellsville, Louisville, Mayfield, Millersburg, and Owensboro. For 21 consecutive years, CV has been named Microlender of the Year by the Kentucky Small Business Administration.

About American Water

American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the largest regulated water and wastewater utility company in the United States. With a history dating back to 1886, We Keep Life Flowing® by providing safe, clean, reliable and affordable drinking water and wastewater services to more than 14 million people with regulated operations in 14 states and on 18 military installations. American Water’s 6,500 talented professionals leverage their significant expertise and the company’s national size and scale to achieve excellent outcomes for the benefit of customers, employees, investors and other stakeholders.

For more information, visit amwater.com and join American Water on LinkedInFacebookX and Instagram.

About American Water Charitable Foundation

The American Water Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides a formal way to demonstrate the company’s ongoing commitment to be a good neighbor, citizen, and contributor to the communities where American Water and its employees live, work and operate. For more information, visit amwater.com/awcf.

Pictured above, from left to right: Ella Jo Bolton, Millersburg City Council Member, Penny Barbee, Millersburg City Council Member, Julie Hopkins, Millersburg Mayor, Kathyrn Nash, President of Kentucky American Water, Kevin Smith, CEO of Community Ventures, Rick Wagoner, Millersburg Code Enforcement, Debbie Jackson, Millersburg City Council Member, Susan Lancho, Senior Manager External and Government Affairs.