Michigan Economic Development Corporation

HOUGHTON, MI--   Nine communities around Michigan—including one in the Upper Peninsula—have been awarded nearly $7 million in grants to upgrade water and sewer systems.  

The money comes through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Infrastructure Capacity Enhancement program.  It’s designed to assist low- and moderate-income communities in improving existing infrastructure. 

The City of Houghton has received more than $877,000 for water main installation and sanitary sewer line improvements. 

The project must be completed by December 31, 2017.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A state board has unanimously approved a $5 million grant to be dispensed over the next five years to encourage Chinese companies to invest in Michigan.  

The Michigan Strategic Fund board part of the Michigan Economic Development Corp. authorized the money on Tuesday to act as a "business gateway" between Michigan and China and help generate jobs while boosting foreign investment in the state.

The project aims to create Michigan jobs but board members weren't publicly informed of how many on Tuesday.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Hunters have streamed to Michigan's forests and fields for the start of firearm deer season.  

More than 500,000 are expected to join the annual hunt, which runs through November 30.  It's not only a cultural and sport tradition but also a big economic driver, generating more than $2.3 billion in spending on products and services including food, lodging, and equipment.

Steve Arwood of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation says more than 20,000 hunters may come from other states.

MUNISING, MI--   The City of Munising is one of a group of Michigan communities to get funding from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.  

The money from the Michigan Strategic Fund aims to boost development projects in order to generate millions of dollars in investment around the state.

Munising has been awarded $459,050 for the Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center project.

That and four other community development projects are expected to create nearly $14 million in total investment.  

BARAGA, MI--   The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community is presenting findings this week from a feasibility study on creating a walk and bike pathway between L’Anse and Baraga.  

Commissioned by the KBIC, the study was funded by a $160,000 grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

The non-motorized pathway would link Zeba and Sand Point.  Officials hope it will boost tourism and economic development.  KBIC President Warren Swartz says, “This project unites our communities by promoting health, physical and spiritual well-being for local residents and visitors.”

Michigan lawmakers push Snyder to shift funds to roads

May 27, 2015

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Republican Governor Rick Snyder's administration is backing off the assertion that the popular Pure Michigan tourism program would have to be cut as a result of the House Republican's proposed plan to fund road repairs. 

Michigan Economic Development Director Steve Arwood testified Tuesday to the House Roads and Economic Development Committee in opposition to bills that would fund road repairs in part by using economic development funds currently funneled through the department.

It's Pure Michigan across the country

Mar 19, 2015

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The state's "Pure Michigan" tourism campaign has launched a national advertising effort to lure out-of-state visitors to the Great Lakes State. 

Travel Michigan, which is part of the Michigan Economic Development Corp., says that TV ads began this week and include both national networks and cable channels. The ads run through early June.

The campaign involves partners including four local and regional groups. The campaign has a total budget of about $12 million, including $2 million from those participating entities.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette Area Skate Park Committee is asking people for last-minute donations to improve the city’s skate plaza. 

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is offering crowdfunding opportunities for Michigan parks and trails, and will give matching funds if the project can raise $10,000 by Saturday. 

Committee member Nheena Weyer Ittner says the plaza is a positive, safe environment in which kids can thrive. 

MI tourism campaign revs up for fall

Sep 4, 2014

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The "Pure Michigan" advertising campaign has launched new television, radio and billboard ads for the fall season.  

Travel Michigan, which is part of the Michigan Economic Development Corp., began the statewide and regional campaign Tuesday. It says its total fall advertising budget of about $1.3 million includes $650,000 from private sector partners.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Six Upper Peninsula counties could get a portion of $6 million from the state to repair infrastructure damaged by this winter’s polar temperatures. 

Chippewa, Delta, Gogebic, Luce, Mackinac, and Marquette counties received “State of Emergency” declarations after cold temperatures and deep frost lines damaged pipes and other lines.