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Pride of Atmore receives joint RCD $150K grant

Rural Development Partners (RDP) with Coastal Growers LLC announced a $150,000 jointly funded grant to the Pride of Atmore through RDP’s Community Investment Program.

The $3.3 million project involves restoration of the historic Strand Theatre, an iconic landmark established in 1921, serving as an anchor for the community for nearly a century, according to a release. A music studio will also be developed in an adjacent building, soon to serve as cornerstone for the arts and cultural community hosting performances, live music events, lectures, community as well as private events. The prospect of revitalization in Atmore has already brought new and returning businesses to downtown, including restaurants, bars and specialty shops. The economic boost will create a variety of workforce opportunities stabilizing local and regional businesses.

“The generous donation from Rural Development Partners along with Coastal Growers, LLC makes a huge impact on our small rural community’s inclusive downtown revitalization project – truly, a ‘game changer.’ Many critical needs including arts, education, technology, and culture will be available to everyone in our underserved community,” Pepsi-Atmore Executive and Pride of Atmore Boardmember said. “Everyone in our ‘little slice of heaven’ known as Atmore is thrilled with the addition of Coastal Growers as a driving and thriving agricultural cooperative. The Pride of Atmore is most grateful and appreciative of Coastal Growers’ immediate commitment and involvement with our community and look forward to a continuing partnership with the grower-owned cooperative.”