OKLAHOMA CITY, Dec. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- ITC Great Plains donated more than $37 thousand to seven charitable organizations in Oklahoma in 2016. ITC, the nation's largest independent electricity transmission company, provides donations to nonprofits that align with ITC's charitable interests and strengthen communities.
Highlighting ITC's donations in Oklahoma was the Sand County Foundation's Leopold Conservation Award program. The Leopold Awards recognize agricultural landowners who have made extraordinary achievements in voluntary conservation, environmental stewardship and management of natural resources. In addition, the program works to build bridges between agriculture, government, environmental organizations, industry and academia promote the conservation of private lands.
"Oklahoma's farmers and ranchers are exceptional environmental stewards," said Amanda Rosholt, director of fundraising and public relations for the Oklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation. "The Leopold Conservation Award is a prestigious honor for agriculturalists in our state who voluntarily exhibit outstanding conservation practices on their private lands. Support from ITC is greatly appreciated to help bring this program to Oklahoma."
In addition, ITC presented charitable grants to the following Oklahoma-based organizations:
- OK2Grow, Tulsa
- Oklahoma Educated Workforce Initiative, Oklahoma City
- Women Lead Oklahoma, Oklahoma City
- Allied Arts, Oklahoma City
- Canterbury Voices, Oklahoma City
- Zoe Institute, Tahlequah
"ITC is committed to contributing to programs that positively impact the communities we serve," said Brett Leopold, president, ITC Great Plains. "Whether those contributions come in the form of charitable grants or donations and volunteer hours from our generous employees, our team strives to be a good neighbor in the region."
ITC has donated more than $5.2 million to deserving nonprofits throughout its footprint since 2010, including organizations in Oklahoma, Kansas, Michigan, Iowa and Minnesota.
Through its charitable giving activities, ITC awards grants to qualified 501 (c) (3) organizations focused on social services, education, health and wellness, environmental stewardship, and arts and culture that deliver charitable services in the counties where ITC operates. Sources of ITC's contributions include special grants, executive donations, employee charitable outings and casual dress days. For more information about ITC's charitable giving program or to apply for a grant, visit http://www.itc-holdings.com/community-approach/philanthropy.
About ITC Great Plains
ITC Great Plains, LLC is a transmission-only utility operating in the Southwest Power Pool region. The company currently operates approximately 470 circuit miles of transmission lines in Kansas and Oklahoma. ITC Great Plains maintains regional offices in Dodge City, Topeka and Wichita, Kansas; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Little Rock, Arkansas. ITC Great Plains is a subsidiary of ITC Grid Development, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ITC Holdings Corp., the nation's largest independent electric transmission company. ITC's focus on transmission and grid expansion drives operational excellence and delivers superior value for customers, communities and other stakeholders.
About ITC Holdings Corp.
ITC, a Fortis company, is the largest independent electric transmission company in the United States. Based in Novi, Michigan, ITC invests in the electric transmission grid to improve reliability, expand access to markets, allow new generating resources to interconnect to its transmission systems and lower the overall cost of delivered energy. Through its regulated operating subsidiaries ITCTransmission, Michigan Electric Transmission Company, ITC Midwest and ITC Great Plains, ITC owns and operates high-voltage transmission facilities in Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma, serving a combined peak load exceeding 26,000 megawatts along approximately 15,800 circuit miles of transmission line with 660 employees and nearly 1,000 contractors across its seven state footprint. ITC's grid development focus includes growth through regulated infrastructure investment as well as domestic and international expansion through merchant and other commercial development opportunities. ITC Holdings Corp. common shares are owned 80.1% by Fortis Inc. and 19.9% by GIC Private Limited. Additional information can be accessed at www.itc-holdings.com.
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