ADM to Invest $2 Million to Boost Economic Development, Education and Community Efforts in Decatur

ADM to Invest $2 Million to Boost Economic Development, Education and Community Efforts in Decatur


DECATUR, Ill., April 24, 2014 – Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) today announced grants to more than 75 Decatur-area organizations and programs, a commitment totaling $2 million in 2014.“Decatur is home to our largest employee population, and we want to do our part to help ensure Decatur remains a strong and vibrant community for many years to come,” said Victoria Podesta, ADM vice president and chief communications officer.

The grants include a $125,000 contribution to create and implement a strategic development plan for the Midwest Inland Port, with the goal of increasing utilization of the port and attracting new businesses and jobs to Central Illinois.

“While we continue to contribute to a wide variety of programs and organizations doing important work throughout Decatur, we are also investing significant dollars this year to support local economic development efforts because we see an exciting opportunity to capitalize on the Midwest Inland Port to drive economic growth and bring new business and jobs to the region,” Podesta said.

As part of its commitment to support local education, ADM is making a $320,000 contribution to Decatur Public Schools to continue four current programs that have demonstrated proven success for improved student outcomes. The programs include Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) at MacArthur High School, Operation Calculus (OC) at Eisenhower High School, Montessori Program at Enterprise Elementary School, and the Decatur Public Schools Foundation. ADM is also making grants to the other private schools and public school districts in Macon County.

Organizations and programs receiving grants from ADM this year include:

· Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

· American Diabetes Association

· American Heart Association

· American Red Cross

· Argenta-Oreana School District

· Baby TALK

· Big Brothers Big Sisters

· Boys & Girls Club

· Catholic Charities

· Central Illinois Christians in Mission

· Central Illinois Food Bank

· Cerro Gordo School District

· Children’s Museum of Illinois

· Community Food Drive

· Decatur Area Arts Council

· Decatur Celebration

· Decatur Christian School

· Decatur Family Refuge

· Decatur Parks Foundation

· Decatur Public Schools

· Decatur Public Schools Foundation

· Decatur-Forsyth Classic

· DMH Foundation

· Dove

· Easter Seals

· Energy Assistance Foundation

· Gallery 510

· Girl Scouts of Central Illinois

· Good Samaritan Inn

· Holy Family School

· Judy Mason Thanksgiving Baskets

· Lutheran School Association

· Macon County 4-H

· Macon County CASA

· Macon County Conservation District

· Macon County Fair

· Macon County Farm Bureau

· Macon Resources

· Macon-Piatt Regional Office of Education

· Maroa-Forsyth School District

· Meridian School District

· Midwest Inland Port

· Millikin University

· Mt. Zion School District

· Northeast Community Fund

· Old King’s Orchard Community Center

· Our Lady of Lourdes School

· Partners in Education

· Project Read

· Richland Community College Foundation

· Rodney T. Miller Triathlon

· Salvation Army

· Sangamon Valley School District

· Shoreline Classic

· Special Olympics

· St. Mary's Hospital

· St. Patrick's School

· St. Teresa High School

· United Cerebral Palsy

· United Way

· Warrensburg-Latham School District


The grants were given through ADM Cares. ADM Cares is a social investment program that directs funds to initiatives and organizations that drive meaningful social, economic and environmental progress worldwide. The program comprises three distinct focus areas: supporting the responsible development of agriculture, improving the quality of life in ADM communities and fostering employee giving and volunteer activities.

About the Midwest Inland Port

The Midwest Inland Port is a multi-modal hub located in Decatur, Illinois that delivers both domestic and international flexibility for companies through a well-positioned transportation corridor, connecting the Midwest to the East, West and Gulf Coasts of North America. It includes access to three Class 1 railroads, five major roadways, an airport and ADM’s intermodal ramp with proximity to 95 million consumers within a 500-mile radius. More information is available

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