Tuesday, April 30, 2002
Nearly $1.8 Million in Funding to Benefit 45 Counties Across the State
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced today that LinkMichigan Telecommunication Grants totaling nearly $1.8 million have been offered to 13 counties.
The funding will be used to launch regional telecommunications planning projects to develop local strategies for improving telecommunications services as part of the LinkMichigan Initiative. Many of the counties applied on behalf of a partnership of two or more counties. A total of 45 Michigan counties will benefit through these partnerships.
“Access to high-speed telecommunications is an important component of ensuring the healthy economic future of Michigan’s communities,” said Doug Rothwell, president & CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. “These community assistance planning grants are designed to help counties develop their own last mile solutions encouraging communities to link or leverage their local strategies to the statewide backbone initiative.“
The MEDC co-hosted five LinkMichigan Regional Telecommunications Planning Forums this past January with the goal of educating communities on the availability and eligible use of planning assistance grants to be provided by the MEDC. The forums attracted nearly 500 attendees from 76 Michigan counties.
As a result of these forums, the following counties pursued funding and were offered telecommunications planning grants on behalf of their regions: Berrien, Calhoun, Ingham, Isabella, Kalamazoo, Mason, Muskegon, Otsego, Ottawa, Saginaw, St. Clair, Shiawassee and Kent.
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.