Community Development: Construction/Renovation
Summary: Rennovation of existing signage and creation of new signage to stimulate econimic development
The city of Blythe, CA, on the California -Arizona boarder has been in a serious economic decline for years. The poverty rate is at roughly 28%, more than double the national average. Yet, border town Blythe, residing on the I-10 conduit to Arizona has a unique opportunity to capture tourism dollars, through attracting travelers seeking food and gas as well as fun on the Colorado River. The City of Blythe has begun an initiative to improve the image: hiring muralists to improve deteriorating commercial buildings and sponsoring clean-up days. Rotary Club of Blythe would like to contribute to this effort by replacing 2 deteriorating "Welcome to Blythe" signs (one of which features the Rotary logo) on this I-10 conduit and by adding signage along the freeway which will draw attention to some of our agricultural accomplishments. We estimate the cost of the signage we will be replacing to be $2500 each and the new signs highlighting agricultural accomplishments to be $1000 each.
This project is "Paid". This means that the funds from the district have been issued. This project is now being ready for implementation. When this is done, a report needs to be uploaded on the project page and the "Reported" button needs to be clicked, then the status of the project will be changed to "Reported".
System Entry: Project approved by the District Approval Committee.
by James Morrison
System Entry: Check for DDF payment issued by Foundation Treasurer.
by Juliette Singler
Blythe Rotary raised $3910 to match the District Grant of $3500 and a check for $7410 was presented to Blythe Chamber of Commerce in December of 2020. Two Rotarians have been participating in a Chamber "Blythe Image" Committee to decide on graphics for signage. The Rotary emblem was redone in preparation for soliciting logos and donations from other local service clubs.
by Juliette Singler
Here's a link to a thank you from the Chamber of Commerce with a photo of the check. https://www.facebook.com/104914494359570/posts/we-would-like-to-extend-a-heartfelt-thank-you-to-the-blythe-rotary-club-for-rais/243885543795797/