Thursday, June 02, 2005
Michael Shore, MEDC
Sunny Fresh Foods $1.4 Million Expansion to Create 57 New Jobs
"The food and agriculture industries are critical to our economy, providing jobs for thousands of Michigan workers and adds significantly to our economy," Governor Jennifer M. Granholm said. "The expansion of Sunny Fresh will create new employment opportunities and a welcome boost to Lake Odessa in particular."
"The village of Lake Odessa and Lakewood Wastewater Authority are excited about the opportunity to expand and enhance the drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, which will enable Sunny Fresh to continue as a leading employer in the area," Village Manager Mark L. Bender said. "This expansion is an excellent example of the private sector and local government working together for a common goal and a good cause."
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation administers the state's CDBG funding 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.
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.
"We have worked with Sunny Fresh and the village for a long time to make this project a reality," MEDC President and CEO Don Jakeway said. "These jobs will be a great addition to the Lake Odessa community."
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 35,000 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.