Veolia Donates to City of Gatlinburg Following November Wildfire

The Gatlinburg Relief Fund, established by the local government’s Chamber of Commerce, recently received a donation of $25,000 from Veolia North America for recovery efforts dedicated to citizens of Sevier County.

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The incident, which spanned more than 17,000 acres across Eastern Tennessee, prompted the involvement of FEMA, the American Red Cross and the Multi-Agency Recovery Center. Veolia’s contribution exists in tandem with funds collected by the East Tennessee Foundation’s Sevier County Community fund, which has since raised more than $200,000.

Veolia works in Tennessee on four projects statewide, including an operations contract with Gatlinburg Wastewater Treatment Plant. Locally based M&C Project Manager William Ehrenbeck, second from the right, delivered a check on behalf of the company to city officials.

Although recovery is ongoing, cities like Pigeon Forge and similar communities across the region expect a quick restoration to the vacation destination they’ve always been.

Further donations to the Chamber of Commerce’s Gatlinburg Relief Fund can be made through SmartBank.
 Pictured left to right: Jon Elder, Tourism Programs & Development Mgr; Chad Netherlands, Director of Marketing & Public Relations; Bill Ehrenbeck, Project Mgr; and Dale Phelps, Utities Mgr with the City of Gatlinburg