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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Friends of Leesville Main Street receives windfall from CLECO

  • Indeed, those boons came almost at once and they keep coming, according to Rose, who announced Monday that, in a showing of what he termed good corporate citizenship, Cleco offered an unexpected windfall to a local nonprofit organization.
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  • Late Monday evening, Jan. 6, 2013, the mayor of Leesville made an unexpected announcement at the old courthouse building.
    Recently, the Central Louisiana Electric Company, commonly known as Cleco, entered into a franchise agreement with the city after negotiations with Mayor Robert Rose, who sought tangible benefits for his city.
    Indeed, those boons came almost at once and they keep coming, according to Rose, who announced Monday that, in a showing of what he termed good corporate citizenship, Cleco offered an unexpected windfall to a local nonprofit organization.
    Cleco corporate representatives Dennie Williams and Ronald Smith presented the Friends of Leesville Main Street, a nonprofit organization dedicated to revitalizing Leesville's downtown historic district, a check worth $10,000 to advance their goals toward promoting historic preservation and economic development in Leesville's downtown district.
    "This is certainly not the first time Cleco has stepped up to help us make our downtown area what it needs to be," stressed Rose. "Just two weeks ago, the City and Cleco signed a franchise agreement which will, among other things, provide ornamental lights in the downtown area as well as donating land for a new pocket park at the corner of First and Mechanic Street. These funds, along with the lights and the land, are quite a windfall for the Main Street Program. Ten thousand dollars will go a long way in assisting the Friends of Leesville Main Street in infusing the downtown area with a welcoming atmosphere for business, recreation and entertainment."
    Tammy Anderson, president of the Main Street board, demonstrated her delight at the news, offering words of gratitude to her organization's benefactors and encouragement to her colleagues and Leesville residents.
    "The year is off to a wonderful start," she said with a smile, adding the money would be invested into Main Street projects. "We cannot thank Cleco enough."
    Anderson gave a brief description of some of her organization's projects currently in progress, citing a sidewalk project, expansion of the outdoor market, and the Polk Theatre.
    Rose expressed his pride in the progress evidenced by the Friends of Leesville Main Street's hard work.
    "Our downtown is one of the nicest-looking in the state," said Rose with enthusiasm.

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