Maui Mayor Charmaine Tavares Announces $230,750 in grants to aid community initiatives

July 29, 2010, 10:37 AM HST · Updated July 29, 10:37 AM
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Maui Mayor Charmaine Tavares announced $230,750 in county grants awarded to aid key community initiatives.  The largest allocation of $125,000 goes to the University of Hawaii for the Hawaii Business Research Library.  The funds will be used to support the operations of the library and promote a sustainable economic development by contributing to wages, benefits, rentals, space and equipment.

A smaller allocation of $50,000 goes to the Maui Economic Development Board for the Maui High School Automotive Program. Funds will be used to support a community-based effort to sustain the national award-winning program through education, development of a curriculum model and instructor training.

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A separate $35,000 grant goes to the Molokai Livestock Cooperative for a slaughterhouse to service Molokai’s livestock producers and provide fresh meat to local markets, while giving livestock producers the opportunity to continue selling their products in Hawaii.

Maui County Sister Cities Foundation received $7,500 to be used for programs providing education and cultural and economic development between the people of Maui County and our 23 sister cities around the world.  And the Tri-Isle Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc. received $5,500 to support the 51st annual statewide convention of the United Filipino Council of Hawaii, held on Maui earlier this month.

“These initiatives provide vital support to help our economic growth, provide jobs and invest in skill-building for our future workforce,” said Mayor Charmaine Tavares. “I’m pleased that we are able to provide the critical funding support needed.”

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