CenterPoint Energy recently awarded the City of North Little Rock a Community Partnership Grant totaling more than $1,400 to be used by the local fire department toward the purchase of new rope, rope bags, carabiners and other rescue equipment.

"We are proud to serve the local community through our Community Partnership Grant program," said Keith Cragg, area manager of Gas Operations for CenterPoint Energy. "The grant matches each city’s funds which are used to purchase safety equipment that enhances public safety in our communities."

The 2013 CenterPoint Energy Community Partnership Grant program provides funds and awards up to $2,500 per community served by the company. Priority is given to franchised communities that have not previously received a grant. The cities that receive the grants must use the grant dollars for safety equipment or special safety related projects in the community.

CenterPoint Energy aims to enhance the quality of life in our communities by reaching out as a caring neighbor. While maintaining our long-standing focus on education, community development and volunteer outreach, we are re-emphasizing our commitment to the local economy and environment, said Cragg.

Twice a year, CenterPoint Energy publishes Community Link, a newsletter designed for community leaders in our Arkansas service areas. In Community Link, readers can find useful information about CenterPoint Energy and its role in communities.

"We’re proud of our commitment to the communities we serve," Cragg said.

From providing career opportunities for veterans, to raising funds for the March of Dimes, to inspiring students, to planting trees, the utility’s education and community outreach efforts help to improve the quality of life in our communities, he said.

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