Tuesday, July 19, 2005
Michael Shore, MEDC
Upgrades to Protect Water Quality on Maple and Grand Rivers
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced $206,660 in funding for the village of Muir to support improvements to its water pumping station as part of the Michigan Public Works Program. A federal Community Development Block Grant being made available through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation will back the project, which is expected to increase economic opportunities in the Ionia County community.
"Public infrastructure is the backbone of the economic success of Michigan's communities," Granholm said. "The improvements to the pumping station will allow Muir to attract future investment and growth while protecting the environment at the same time."
Improvements will include the installation of a security fence to protect from vandalism and the replacement of a valve which will help improve the water quality of the Maple and Grand Rivers. The village will contribute $103,340 toward the project.
"We are very appreciative to receive this grant from the MEDC for our wastewater system rehabilitation, which should add an additional 20 years of service to our lagoons and pump station," Muir Village President Al Crooke said. "While our community has been setting aside funds for this project for some time, this grant makes it possible for us to significantly advance that timetable."
Muir was one of 33 Michigan communities announced in February to receive Michigan Public Works funding, one part of the Governor's $30 million, two-pronged Grow Michigan Communities Initiative that also includes funding for Michigan's Downtowns and Gateways. The MEDC administers the state's Community Development Block Grant funds received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
These funds are used to provide grants and loans to eligible counties, cities, villages and townships-typically those with populations less than 50,000-for economic development,community development and housing projects. Larger communities receive block grant funds directly from the federal government.
The MEDC is able to award approximately $50 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.
"CDBG funding has helped many communities across the state deal with the expense that comes along with providing sufficient public infrastructure," MEDC President and CEO Don Jakeway said. "This utility upgrade will not only provide a valued service to the community but it will help protect the endangered eagles that nest in the area by improving the water quality of the nearby rivers."
In her 2005 State of the State address, Granholm emphasized the importance of making Michigan a global economic powerhouse in the 21st century. Since January 2005 the Governor and the MEDC announced the creation or retention of more than 53,000 jobs as a result of targeted assistance provided by the MEDC.
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.