Bell Atlantic $200,000 Grant Funds Urban League Center
October 14, 1997
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
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
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