Friday, September 04, 2009
Bridget Beckman, MEDC
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LANSING – Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced a $289,000 grant to Hartford in Van Buren County to fund downtown infrastructure improvements. The grant is being made available by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) with funds provided by the federalCommunity Development Block Grant program. An MEDC official presented a ceremonial check to Hartford and Van Buren County officials today.
“Vibrant communities with thriving downtowns are critical to building a strong and diversified economy in Michigan,” Granholm said. “These kinds of projects help put into place the kind of 21st-century infrastructure that can support new business investment and new job growth.”
The City of Hartford will contribute $40,000 to support the project, which will include a completely reconstructed South Municipal parking lot, sewer system upgrades, an expanded sidewalk and other streetscape enhancements.
“The CDBG program has been a tremendous resource to the Hartford community in upgrading our housing conditions, the city’s infrastructure and the overall quality of life of the residents here,” said Hartford City Manager Yemi Akanwale. “The city of Hartford is very grateful to the MEDC for the assistance and looks forward to a successful implementation of this downtown infrastructure 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 CDBG program is a valuable resource for communities looking to facilitate business development and job growth,” MEDC President and CEO Greg Main said. “The MEDC was pleased to partner with Hartford officials to make this important project a reality.”
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.MichiganBusiness.org.
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