Three area locations will benefit from Michigan Site Readiness Grants that were awarded this week.
Middle Michigan Development Corporation received the three grants from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) totaling $161,250.
MEDC has pledged up to $100,000 to support the Mt. Pleasant CMU SmartZone District, up to $23,000 to support the Clare North Industrial site and up to $38,250 to support the Farwell Industrial Park site.
“These grants will allow us to ensure that three of our major industrial and technology parks across the two counties meet the standards site selectors across the country are looking for,” Jim McBryde, president and CEO of MMDC, said in a press release. “These modifications will increase our competitiveness as a region and aid our efforts in attracting new businesses to the region.”
The grant for the Mt. Pleasant CMU Smart Zone District will extend fiber-optic broadband throughout the district, so that it is accessible at each site in the district. The SmartZone is located south of campus.
McBryde said having fiber-optic broadband is crucial to recruiting high-tech businesses to the SmartZone.
In Clare County, the grants will be used to provide LED lighting upgrades throughout the Farwell Industrial Park and for signage updates at each site in Clare Industrial Park North.
Additionally, grant funding will allow for site marketing material to be created on behalf of both the Farwell and Clare industrial parks which, according to community leadership, will provide value. According to Ken Hibl, Clare city manager, “while the Clare North Industrial Park has filled up quickly, there is still room for growth. The additional signage and promotion will help us completely fill the park.”