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Governor Announces Public Works Funding for 13 Michigan Communities

Monday, July 11, 2005

Michael Shore, MEDC
(517) 335-4590

Federal Grants Will Support Local Public Improvements

Governor Jennifer Granholm announced today that 13 communities will receive a total of more than $5.1 million in federal funding to support public infrastructure projects that will create jobs now while creating the foundation for a stronger economy in the future. The federal Community Development Block Grant funding is being made available through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

"Improving our infrastructure helps communities across the state to compete and thrive in the 21st century economy," Granholm said. "These improvements will help attract jobs and investments to our smaller towns and cities."

Out of 15 applicants statewide, the following 13 communities were chosen to receive funding: Corwith Township, Decatur, Elberta, Hesperia, Iron River, Lake Linden, Lake Odessa, Mancelona, Mesick, Millington, Newberry, Powers and Tawas (see chart below for specific project information).

Grant recipients were selected on their overall eligibility and the impact the project would have on the community. Priority was given to projects that are ready to begin construction in the immediate future, have sufficient local matching funding and have completed preliminary cost estimates.

Michigan Public Works funding benefits cities, villages and townships where at least 51 percent of the population is composed of low- and moderate-income residents as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The funds may be used for projects that upgrade existing public infrastructure systems by replacing deteriorating or obsolete systems or by adding capacity to existing but burdened systems.

Michigan Public Works is one part of the Governor's $30 million, two-pronged Grow Michigan Communities Initiative that also includes funding for Michigan's Downtowns and Gateways. Gateways funding may be used for public infrastructure improvements in support of specific private projects that will result in the creation of jobs and private investment in traditional downtown commercial centers or along major arteries leading into downtowns.

This is the third round of Public Works grants. Thus far, $23,282,098 has been awarded to 55 communities across the state.

"I'm excited by the commitment each of these communities has made to revitalize their downtowns," MEDC President and CEO Don Jakeway said. "Their vision coupled with these investments will produce positive economic results now and for years to come."

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation administers the state's Community Development Block Grant funds received from HUD. These funds are used to provide grants 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. Projects are approved contingent upon compliance with state and federal requirements.

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.

CommunityCountyProject Title
Corwith TownshipOtsegoFire Protection Well$230,200
Decatur VillageVan BurenWatermain Replacement$182,000
Elberta VillageBenzieWastewater System Improvements$293,600
Hesperia VillageNewaygoSanitary Sewer/Water Improvements$196,318
Iron River CityIronSanitary Sewer Interceptor$445,500
Lake Linden VillageHoughtonDowntown Streetscape$361,000
Lake Odessa VillageIoniaDowntown Streetscape$600,000
Mancelona VillageAntrimSewer System$773,750
Mesick VillageWexfordDowntown Streetscape$366,270
Millington VillageTuscolaLagoon Improvements$600,000
Newberry VillageLuceWater System Improvements$600,000
Powers VillageMenomineeWater Storage Tank Replacement$417,000
Tawas CityIoscoWater System Improvements$118,750

$5,184,388