RICHMOND– A pair of not-for-profit neighborhood companies– one committed to downtown revitalization, the other to supplying central city recreational opportunities– were selected as the winners of a competitors hosted Wednesday by Chevron at the East Bay Center for the performing Arts.Richmond Main Street Effort and the Pogo Park organization were chosen by a panel of judges from amongst 5 groups as having the most practical neighborhood concepts and will receive approximately a$ 1 million each in grant financing from Chevron.The two winners will receive their funding over the course of three years. The Pogo Park group, which leverages funding and volunteer time to renew parks in underserved locations, will utilize its funding to create Pogo Park Incorporated, which will look for to install play ground equipment for other parks in and around Richmond. The group proposed working with around 100 Richmond locals to assist build the play areas. Richmond Main Street Initiative, which works to promote the citys historical downtown, would support local business owners by developing a co-working area and small business incubator in the district. It would likewise encourage and counsel entrepreneurs to open little businesses in the city. While the precise amount the winning groups will receive yearly has not been set, both say they are excited to have land the grants

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