Set the record straight
I am writing regarding an article which you published on August 9, 2016, Vol. 77 No 6 entitled “Joint Legislative Hearing focuses on eradicating blight.”
This article suggest that our group, the Tri-COG Land Bank, had received $1.5 million in seed funding from the Heinz Endowments. That is incorrect. I testified at that hearing and in my testimony, I clarified that we have a fundraising goal of $1.5 million and we are actively working with several local foundations to reach that goal, but that no funds have been formally granted yet.
The Heinz Endowments has financially supported the Tri-COG Collaborative on this effort but has not formally committed any funds for the operations of the land bank.
Steel Rivers Council of Governments