Downtown Fresno Partnership hires new CEO

Aaron BlairThe Downtown Fresno Partnership has ended a nationwide search for a new leader, tapping former downtown city manager of Albany, Ga. Aaron Blair to head up the organization.

POM Wonderful to donate time, service

Pomegranate grower POM Wonderful will dedicate more than 2,000 volunteer hours and nearly $80,000 to organizations throughout Fresno County as part of its 2014 POM Wonderful Community Service Day Thursday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Vallarta Supermarkets to donate $143K check

Vallarta Supermarkets will donate $143,556 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association in a check presentation at 11 a.m. Thursday at 4831 Butler Ave. in Fresno.

Walmart foundation awards $90K to Valley nonprofits

The Walmart Foundation’s California State Giving Program has awarded a total of $90,000 to Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission and Central Valley Opportunity Center.

Wells Fargo Grants $100K for Fresno Food Commons

Wells Fargo has awarded Fresno Metro Ministry a $100,000 grant to help start an enterprise that delivers locally grown food to Fresno residents.

Fresno mural stamp to be unveiled June 7

Artist FranCisco Vargas' large mural stamp is displayed on the Pacific Publishing building in downtown Fresno.The country's largest painted mural stamp will be unveiled in downtown Fresno June 7, highlighting some  of the Valley's most iconic places and figures.

Visalia children's museum to break ground

Construction is expected to begin this summer on the new ImagineU Interactive Children's Museum that will be the highlight of downtown Visalia's eastward expansion when completed next year.

Group gets OK for Fresno welcome sign

The Fresno Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Fresno class announced the culmination of its months-long effort to get approval from Caltrans to install a welcome sign at the entrance of the city.

Valley housing groups gets counseling grants

Three organizations in Fresno and Visalia were among 19 California agencies awarded grants by the Department of Housing and Urban Development to help families and individuals in California with their housing needs.

Organizations get $24K from Fresno State program

Three community organizations will receive $8,000 each as part of the Humanics Students4Giving Philanthropy Project at Fresno State.