Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Michael Shore, MEDC
Lodge to Open Year-Round, Create 40 New Jobs
KeweenawCountyto make public infrastructure improvements needed to facilitate the expansion of the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge resort. An MEDC representative joined county and business leaders in Copper Harbor today to present a ceremonial check for the funding. The grant is being made available by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation with funds provided by the federal Community Development Block Grant program. The project is expected to create 40 new jobs.
The county will use the funding to construct two new groundwater wells necessary for the expansion which is expected to include a 7,000-square-foot conference center, parking lot, 13 new cabins and a six-room hotel. The county will contribute more than $3 million to support the project.
The MEDC is able to award approximately $40 million in federal CDBG funds each year. There are 1,655 local governments within the state eligible to apply for these funds. Projects are approved contingent upon compliance with state and federal requirements.
The Keweenaw Mountain Lodge was built during the 1930s as a federal Civil Works Administration and Public Works Administration project. The county-owned resort is currently open only during the summer months and consists of a clubhouse building, 36 rental cabins, a six-unit hotel and a nine-hole golf course.
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. For more information on MEDC initiatives and programs, visit the Web site at www.michigan.org.
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