Bell Atlantic $200,000 Grant Funds Urban League Center

Bell Atlantic $200,000 Grant Funds Urban League Center

October 14, 1997

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Bell Atlantic

Cliff Lee


Urban League

Jan Lutovsky


Binghamton -- The Bell Atlantic Foundation announced today a

$200,000 grant to the Broome County Urban League, Inc., to help fund

construction of a Technology Learning Center at Lisle and Exchange

Streets in downtown Binghamton.

When completed, the new Technology Learning Center, through

cooperative community planning, will provide young people with access

to emerging technology and provide adults with job training, as well

as instructing them in business development issues. Senior citizens

will have access to health, safety and wellness information through

the center.

Planning efforts are currently underway to develop an interim site at

the Urban League's Carroll Street location while the new building is

being constructed. Programming will be coordinated with other

community agencies.

Bell Atlantic gift is part of an overall $1 million grant to the

National Urban League for development of technology centers in

Binghamton and Boston, Mass.

A strength of the Broome County Urban League's proposal to the

national organization was the inclusion of businesses and public and

private agencies in the proposal. A key player in the proposal is the

Binghamton Housing Authority, which revised plans and added a floor to

a building to be constructed at the Lisle and Exchange streets

location to accommodate the new technology center.

"Our partnership with Bell Atlantic to build these community

technology centers supports our mission, which is to help African

Americans and other urban poor obtain social and economic equality,"

said Hugh B. Price, president of the National Urban League. "Knowledge

of emerging technologies enhances the opportunities available to

members of our community to compete and succeed in a new global

economy. We are very grateful to Bell Atlantic for making these

centers possible and stimulating our drive to lead all of our

affiliate organizations into the information age."

The state-of-the-art technology center in Binghamton will be equipped

for a range of uses. It will include networked computer workstations

with access to the Internet, World Wide Web and other information

services for online research and programs. The sites will also allow

for video conferencing and distance learning.

"New technology continues to revolutionize business, education, health

care, government operations and social service delivery," said Ivan

Seidenberg, Bell Atlantic vice chairman, president and chief operating

officer. "Access to technology can determine whether individuals and

communities can participate in and fully benefit from the promise of

American society in the next century. We are excited to be partnering

with the Urban League -- a dynamic leader in the national effort to

provide access to the vast universe of information and prepare urban

communities for the future challenges of our world."

The Broome County Urban League located in Binghamton was founded in

1939. Its mission is to enable people of color and those who are

economically disadvantaged reach their full potential. To achieve

this goal the Broome County Urban League operates a variety of direct

service programs in the areas of education, employment, health, social

welfare and housing.

Some of its most successful endeavors include an after-school program

and a summer version of the program, an out-of-school suspension

program, family support and the "I Have a Dream" program which helps

young people aged 13-17 achieve their potential by developing life

skills and positive decision making abilities.

The Bell Atlantic Foundation administers all domestic and

international philanthropic grants on behalf of Bell Atlantic. The

Foundation's philanthropic emphasis is on providing safe havens for

youth and grants to technology and education, arts and human services.

As a result of the recent merger of the two companies, the Bell

Atlantic Foundation and the NYNEX Foundation have merged. All grant

programs previously operated under the NYNEX banner are now part of

the Bell Atlantic Foundation.

For a complete list of grant recipients and additional information on

the Bell Atlantic Foundation, visit www.bellatlanticfoundation.com on

the Internet.