Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Michael Shore, MEDC
Federal Grants Will Support Local Public Improvements
Governor Jennifer Granholm announced today that 19 communities will receive more than $6.2 million in federal funding to support public infrastructure projects that will create jobs now while building the foundation for a stronger economy in the future. The Community Development Block Grant funding is being made available through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
The following 19 communities were chosen from 76 applicants to receive funding through 22 grants: Bangor, Belding, Big Rapids, Boyne City, Calumet Charter Township, Cass City, Evart, Farwell, Fennville, Fowlerville, Hartford, Imlay City, Ironwood, Lake Odessa, Olivet, Ovid, Rogers City, Scottville and Tawas (see chart below for project information).
Grant recipients were selected on their overall eligibility and the impact the project would have on the community. Priority was given to projects that are ready to begin construction, have sufficient local matching funding and have completed preliminary cost estimates.
The Infrastructure Capacity Enhancement program, formerly know as the Public Works program, benefits cities, villages and townships where at least 51 percent of the population is composed of low- and moderate-income residents as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The funds may be used for projects that upgrade existing public infrastructure systems by replacing deteriorating or obsolete systems or by adding capacity to existing but burdened systems.
To date, $23 million has been awarded to communities across the state through the Public Works and the Infrastructure Capacity Enhancement programs.
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.
Street and sanitary Improvements
Big Rapids City
Road, water & sewer Improvements
Calumet Ch. Twp.
Cass City Village
Water main improvements
Sewer system improvements
Water capacity Enhancement
Lake Odessa Village
North Fourth Ave. reconstruction
Larke Avenue reconstruction
Water main loop
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