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MEDC announces downtown infrastructure grants for Michigan communities

Friday, April 26, 2013

Kathy Fagan

LANSING– The Michigan Economic Development Corporation today announced Michigan Strategic Fund approval of $4,472,531 in Downtown Infrastructure Grant (DIG) program funds to nine Michigan communities for public infrastructure improvements.

“Improving our downtowns will help ensure the continued vitality of communities and strengthen our ability to attract and retain young professionals and small businesses,” said Gov. Rick Snyder.

The communities will provide a total of $3,353,464 in matching funds. All of the projects are located in traditional downtowns, will be completed within one year and will incorporate innovative design elements.

The communities chosen for awards today are City of Croswell, City of Grand Haven, City of Hart, City of Imlay City, City of Iron River, City of South Haven, City of Tawas City, Village of Fowlerville and Village of Lyons.

“The DIG program is an important resource that helps communities promote new business development and job creation,” said MEDC President and CEO Michael A. Finney. “We are pleased to work with city officials to make these projects a reality.”

DIG, a Community Development Block Grant program, provides public infrastructure improvement funding to projects located in a traditional downtown. The program is intended for Michigan non-entitlement communities – specifically low to moderate income communities that do not receive funding directly from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Projects must benefit the entire community to be eligible for the funding.

The MEDC Community Assistance Team members, along with state legislators, will be holding check presentations today in each of the respective communities.

The MEDC markets the state with a focus on business, talent, jobs, community vitality and helping to grow the economy. For more on MEDC and its initiatives, visit: www.michiganbusiness.org


Location Grant amount Description Matching funds 
 City of Croswell $253,000 Streetscape improvements $105,875
 City of Grand Haven $711,449 Washington Avenue linkage project$237,150
 City of Hart $294,000 Streetscape and parking improvements$196,000
 City of Imlay City$479,500  Streetlights and parking improvements$204,500
 City of Iron River $559,000 Street improvements$245,000
 City of South Haven$750,000 Street improvements$1,644,839
 City of Tawas City$368,682 Parking and walkway improvements $100,000
 Village of Fowlerville$449,500 Streetscape improvements $449,500
 Village of Lyons $607,400 Street and parking improvements $170,600
 TOTAL $4,472,531  $3,353,464


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