Friday, October 24, 2003
Grant to Support Improvements for Ultra Aluminum Expansion
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm announced Community Development Block Grant funding for HowellTownship today. The $100,000 grant, made available through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, will help facilitate the expansion of Ultra Aluminum. The project is expected to create 25 new jobs and spur $2.7 million in private investment.
“Adequate community infrastructure is imperative to support economic development,” Granholm said. “The infrastructure improvements made possible by this grant will not only benefit Ultra Aluminum, but make the community a magnet for future investment and job creation.”
HowellTownship will use the funding to expand the water, sewer and roadway infrastructure necessary to facilitate the construction of a new Ultra Aluminum manufacturing facility in the LivingstonCommerceCenter industrial park.
“Sometimes companies will want to expand in a community, but the lack of certain infrastructure needs may serve as a roadblock to progress,” said Don Jakeway, president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. “This CDBG grant will remove one such roadblock for HowellTownship and pave the way for Ultra Aluminum’s future growth.”
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation administers the state’s block grant program with funds received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. These funds are used to provide grants to eligible counties, cities, villages and townships—typically those with populations less than 50,000—for economic development, community development and housing projects.
Each year, Michigan receives approximately $50 million in federal block grant funds. There are 1,655 local governments within the state eligible to apply for these funds.
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.
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