Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Michael Shore, MEDC
Grant to Help Finance Improvements on Burdick Street
A Michigan Economic Development Corporation representative presented a ceremonial check to city and county officials at a celebration event this evening. The grant is being made available by the MEDC with funds provided by the federal Community Development Block Grant program.
KalamazooCounty will use the funding to upgrade sidewalks, install retaining walls and benches and plant trees along North Burdick between Crosstown Parkway and Reed Street. The city of Kalamazoo will contribute $150,000 towards the project.
The infrastructure improvements will support the continuous development of the city's Neighborhood of Choice, now known as a Michigan Blueprint Neighborhood, an element of the Governor's comprehensive Cool Cities initiative. The goal of the Blueprints program is to improve neighborhoods adjacent to traditional downtowns with the aim of enhancing the economic vitality of the entire community.
Kalamazoo City Manager Ken P. Collard added
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 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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