Dean asks businesses to Adopt a Meter for homeless

Mayor Karl Dean is seeking business sponsorships for a new initiative benefiting outreach efforts for the homeless.
Through the Adopt a Meter program, businesses will be asked to donate money that will be used to refurbish old parking meters and install them in areas with a high volume of pedestrians. Money deposited in the meters will be given to the citys homeless outreach programs. Sponsoring companies will have their logo prominently displayed on the decorated meters.

Its a way to help an effort that will be good for the city and good for our most disadvantaged citizens, Dean said.

The program is modeled after a similar one in Denver that began in 2007. The citys 86 meters raise more than $100,000 a year. They also have reduced the occurrence of panhandling downtown, according to a Metro news release.

Dean announced the program at todays gathering of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville. A meter sponsored by the first program participant, Southwest Airlines, was unveiled. Dean said Piedmont Natural Gas has since agreed to sponsor a meter too.
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