The Ashtabula County Civic Development Corporation has met its 2020 fundraising goal, according to a press release from the organization. 

The CDC conducts fundraising campaigns every five years, providing funds for projects around the county.

Projects receiving funding from the 2020 fundraiser include the Pymatuning Valley Greenway Trail, Lakeshore Park’s Upper Pond renovation, infrastructure improvements at the Grand River Nature Conservation Campus and the GB Theater refurbishment at the Ashtabula Arts Center.

The 2020 fundraiser will also support a number of projects in the southern part of the county, including the addition of a maintenance building at the Antique Engine Club and a facilities upgrade for the village of Andover.

The CDC’s 2020 fundraising campaign extended into 2021, due to issues caused by COVID-19, CDC Executive Director Amanda Tirotta said previously.

“Our Campaign started out strong as we had support from the Ashtabula Foundation, Robert S. Morrison Foundation and an anonymous donor,” CDC President Lori Herpen DeCato said in the release. “Their early support was critical to a tremendous start and momentum in our campaign, as some employee campaigns were not able to be conducted due to the pandemic.”

A total of 15 projects are included in the 2020 fundraiser. The projects are typically completed within five years, according to the release. A virtual celebration is planned for the CDC’s annual meeting in May, with an in-person event celebration in the fall of 2021.

The CDC raised over $1.6 million by March 31, and with final pledges and gifts that have yet to be tabulated, the CDC will pass its $1.7 million goal, according to the release.

Information on the various projects can be found on the CDC’s website,

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