City of Grove chosen for new “Create Bridges” program


A major retailer is working to help a Four State community bring new businesses to town.

Walmart has awarded the city of Grove a new grant. They have recently launched a new “Create Bridges” program that will effect 3 states and help them enhance industries.

“I’d really like to say we’re old, new and in between,” says Barb Barnes, owner of Rustic Rehab.

Barb Barnes is just one of many business owners in the city of Grove that will benefit from a new grant that has been awarded to the region.

“It’s very exciting because it was a competitive process and there were a lot that applied and weren’t accepted and so to have been accepted is a situation that we know they saw the potential in us and this area in particular,” says Donnie Crain, Grove Area Chamber of Commerce.

After a tough selection process, the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce was picked for a new “Create Bridges” program. Walmart is trying to help communities improve retail, hospitality and other industries in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kentucky.

“With it being a 3 state program were able to learn a lot from the other states for example there are regions like ours in Kentucky and Arkansas that are going through the same process,” says Donnie Crain.

The grant will also allow them to fund workforce training as well. For many business owners like Barnes they are looking forward to the additional resources and partnership this grant will bring.

“I find that Grove being a smaller community we send folks if we don’t have what their looking for we send them to other stores to help them and be aware of what the other stores have and to promote all of us,” says Barnes.

Crain adds he believes the Grand Lake area is a huge area for growth. He also says he’s looking forward to the advancement these additional resources will bring.

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