Friday, March 26, 2004
Granholm Announces Block Grants for Six Michigan Communities
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced more than $939,085 in Community Development Block Grant funding for six communities made available through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). The grants will fund public infrastructure improvements and community planning activities in Menominee, Pellston, Pigeon, Vicksburg and Berrien and Oceana counties. The projects are expected to spur more than $2.7 million in private investment and lead to the creation of 87 new jobs in six Michigan communities.
"This funding is an excellent way to defray the expenses associated with ongoing community development," Granholm said. "These grants will help address the high costs of infrastructure and planning activities that enable communities to remain economically viable for the future."
In her 2004 State of the State address, Governor Granholm announced a focused, seven-point plan for economic growth. So far this year, the Governor has announced the creation or retention of approximately 4,794 jobs as a result of targeted assistance provided by the MEDC.
The following projects were announced today:
Berrien County plans to utilize a $200,000 grant to replace antiquated water lines in the village of Berrien Springs. The project is expected to create 20 new jobs, improve the water quality for residents and attract future business development.
The City of Menominee has been offered $15,000 to develop a plan to help increase the occupancy of downtown buildings and market the city's historic district to visitors and businesses. The plan is expected to create fertile ground for future jobs and investments.
Oceana County has been offered a $40,000 grant to supplement an additional $50,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help determine the long-term feasibility of an incubator for the development and marketing of value-added agricultural products. The incubator is expected to encourage the creation of jobs and investment in the county through the development of spin-off business opportunities.
The Village of Pellston plans to utilize a $174,085 grant to help pay for construction of a road and parking lot to accommodate construction of a new medical professional center. The project is expected to create 17 new jobs and attract more than $1.7 million in private investment.
The village of Pigeon will use a $10,000 grant to help perform a market analysis of trends within the community, region and state to formulate a growth agenda to best utilize local resources. The study is expected to result in increased economic activity and job growth.
The village of Vicksburg plans to facilitate the redevelopment of the former Fox River Paper Mill into a multi-tenant commercial center. The $500,000 grant will fund the construction of new water and sanitary sewer facilities for the redevelopment. The project is expected to create 50 new jobs and spur more than $1 million in private investment.
"Helping communities find solutions to pay for the costs associated with growth has been an ongoing mission for the MEDC," said Don Jakeway, president and CEO of the MEDC. "Maintaining economically healthy communities promotes long-term economic success for the state overall."
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.