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Georgia Power to invest $75 million in racial equity, social justice efforts

Chris Womack, president of the Georgia Power Co.

By Maria Saporta

Georgia Power and its foundation will invest $15 million a year for the next five years to help advance racial equity and social justice efforts in Georgia – an effort that will total of $75 million.

The funding will support initiatives focused on education equity, criminal justice and economic empowerment. The investment is part of Georgia Power’s parent company – the Southern Co.’s commitment to invest a combined $200 million over five years in community investments to support these efforts.

Chris Womack, president of the Georgia Power Co.

“At Georgia Power, we’re standing with our communities as, together, we tackle systemic equity issues across our state,” said Chris Womack, president of Georgia Power. “This financial investment and our commitment to mentoring, while just a part of our overall equity efforts, are so incredibly critical because they’re one way we can make a real impact in distressed and disadvantaged communities. Through them we can support and partner with organizations that assist with education equity, criminal justice and economic empowerment, as well as build personal relationships with kids now that can help shape Georgia’s future leaders.”

Georgia Power’s $75 million commitment will be distributed through strategic, focused investments in:

  • Education equality – direct community investments, scholarships for underrepresented groups and investment in Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
  • Criminal justice organizations – working to lower criminalization rates, support transition and re-entry into society, create prearrest diversion options and reduce racial profiling.
  • Economic empowerment – through grants and impact investments, invest in communities to build social and economic opportunity for Black-owned businesses and individuals and to create a just transition as the company seeks a net-zero carbon future.
  • Mentoring initiative – Georgia Power is working to build a team of 250 employees statewide that are engaged in mentoring annually. This effort is a part of Southern Company’s larger commitment of 5,000 mentors. The company believes that by sustaining a relationship between a youth and an adult through continued involvement, support and guidance, academics, career and life journey, youth are more likely to overcome more of life’s hardships.

 

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Maria Saporta

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.

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  1. Ken Hardy May 25, 2021 8:10 am

    So Georgia Power is now one of the Pay Me Or I Will Boycott You commitments like Delta and Coke, it would be funny except that the Power Company will just turn around and add it to their existing customers bills all the while saying how ” Fair and Balanced ” they are knowing that its a game of extortion by those claiming to be representing minorities when in reality they are padding the own bank accounts like the BLM gang is now being exposed at doing.Report

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