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Strive 2 Thrive gets boost from the city

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) – The city of Albany is giving $10,000 to an initiative that is working to eradicate poverty. Albany has the regrettable distinction of being one of the 10 most impoverished cities in the country.

To combat that, the chamber has launched a campaign called Strive to Thrive. They hope to break the cycle of poverty and help families get educated, get better employment, and live better lives.

Tuesday, the city commission, which has placed the issue of poverty as one of its main priorities, voted to give the program $10,000 to continue its mission.

Mayor Pro Tem Christopher Pike said, "The city investing in that program is really an investment in the city's future because if we can get people better jobs and better money, that gives them more expendable income which will help drive our economy, create more tax money for the city to operate."

The city manager planned to recommend a contribution of $5,000, but Tuesday, commissioners doubled that amount.

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