CENTRAL MICHIGAN GETS NEARLY $70,000 IN EMCOG GRANTS - The Morning Sun, by Corey Micho
August 6, 2018


A new restroom and other improvements at a Mt. Pleasant park are among projects funded by $69,528 in mid-Michigan grants announced Monday by the Eastern Michigan Council of Governments.

Those mid-Michigan grants are among a total of $132,000 awarded to the larger area of eight Eastern Michigan counties in the region.

The Eastern Michigan Council of Governments gave grants to 18 out of 42 applicants as a part of their Regional Prosperity Initiative, according to a press release sent out on Monday. Seven of those grants will benefit both private and public institutions in the Central Michigan area.

The grants range from micro, which have a maximum of $1,000, to mini, which can go above $1,000.

The mid-Michigan projects funded include:

Central Michigan University Research Corporation (CMURC) for $15,128. This grant is for the promotion of connecting and building a business foundation for entrepreneurs in the area. The CMURC is headquartered in the Mount Pleasant "Smart Zone", but also has presences in Bay City and Saginaw, according to the release.
Mid Michigan College (MMC) for $16,000. This grant will be used to boost the Career and Technical Education program shared between the college and the Clare-Gladwin Regional Educational Service District by providing funds for the costs associated with installing new welding and manufacturing equipment that was bought with another State of Michigan Grant.

City of St. Louis for $2,878. The city will use the grant money to increase public awareness for the St. Louis Farmer's Market by increasing advertising and developing a website for the market.

Village of Farwell DDA for $2,522. The village's DDA funding is planned to bring the first outdoor drinking fountain for the Farwell Village Park.

City of Mt Pleasant for $16,000. Mt. Pleasant received funding for enhancing Mission Creek Park by adding a facility that will feature a restroom, concessions and a winter warming area.

The Middle Michigan Development Corporation for $16,000. The funding will be used to create a "Rural Site Marketing Toolkit" that will provide rural economic development organization with templates and custom materials for listing sites online.

City of Mt. Pleasant DDA for $1,000. This grant will be used to redesign and relaunch the downtown Mt. Pleasant website with a "drag and drop" interface that will make updating the site more efficient for workers

The Regional Prosperity Initiative is a effort by EMCOG to promote projects from private and public entities that would promote economic prosperity in their region.