Eight projects will receive a boost in funding thanks to the East Central Michigan Prosperity Region 5 Mini Grants awards announced this week from the East Michigan Council of Governments (EMCOG).
The first time mini-grants, funded by Michigan’s Regional Prosperity Initiative (RPI) will distribute $100,000 to projects that will support various economic development, transportation, educational, outdoor recreation/tourism and place-making initiatives throughout the 8 county region. In total, 14 projects competed for this first round of funding.
The findings of the study reveal a region facing important challenges. Perhaps the most productive role for the report is to provide a benchmark of the current status of the region’s labor force and potential labor force – to be used by stakeholders to identify areas where economic developers would like to encourage growth and development; to aid economic developers as they leverage the regions resources; and to facilitate conversations aimed at identifying key strategies to positively impact the region’s economy and move it forward in a positive and sustainable way.
The East Central Michigan Prosperity Region 5 Mini-Grant Program is a new initiative being led by the East Michigan Council of Governments (EMCOG). This project is being funded by the State of Michigan as part of the state’s Regional Prosperity Initiative.
All county or municipal governments (city, village, township), downtown development authorities and economic development authorities, nonprofits, educational institutions, adult education agencies, workforce development agencies in the East Central Michigan Prosperity Region 5.
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