Friday, September 03, 2004
11 Michigan Communities Qualify for Blueprints Grants
Competitive Funding Program Promotes Downtown Development
The MEDC received applications from 11 communities, all of which were chosen to participate. They are: Charlotte, Fremont, Highland Park, Houghton, Howard City, Imlay City, Ionia, Linden, Menominee, Saline and Wayland.
Each Blueprint community will work with the MEDC and the national down-town consulting firm, HyettPalma, to develop an economic development action plan. The process includes defining a long term economic development vision, conducting a market analysis to determine the potential of the downtown area, formulating a definitive course of action and encouraging the formation of a public/ private management team to implement the action plan. Formulating the plan will take approximately five months, with implementation estimated to take five years.
Any Michigan city, township or village that maintains an active downtown business organization and a traditional downtown or commercial center is eligible to apply for the Blueprints program.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a partnership between the state and local communities, promotes smart economic growth by developing strategies and providing services to create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life.