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Infrastructure Block Grant Provides $23.2 Million to 14 Communities

Tuesday, October 3, 2017   (0 Comments)
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The Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) recently announced that $23.2 million in Community Development Block Grant Infrastructure Capacity Enhancement grants were awarded to 14 Michigan cities and villages.

“Improving and updating infrastructure is vital to the continued health and economic well-being of our smaller communities,” MEDC CEO Jeff Mason said. “The Infrastructure Capacity Enhancement grants will allow these communities with the most immediate needs to begin work as soon as possible to make necessary improvements.”

The grant was allocated to the state by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the Michigan Strategic Fund. It is for low- and moderate-income areas with populations smaller than 50,000 to improve or upgrade to existing public infrastructure.

To qualify for the grant, communities were required to provide a minimum 10 percent match in local funding and have a locally approved Capital Improvements Plan in place. In addition, the project must be completed by Dec. 31, 2019. Extra consideration was given to communities conducting redevelopment or integrating green infrastructure.

A total of 48 communities applied for grants totaling $72.5 million. The 14 grants awarded ranged from $500,000 and $2 million.

Projects included sewer lines and water mains, water pumps and storage, water filtration, and storm sewers and water mains.

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