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Tax incentives and public-private funding has been approved for development projects in Shiawassee County

file2081241837401One of the projects will renovate an abandoned armory into office space. The other, is construction of a new animal feed mill.

Justin Horvath is President and CEO of the Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership. He says the Michigan Strategic Fund approved the Community Revitalization Program.

“CRP program that the state offers is really focused on, you know turning particularly downtown buildings particularly historic buildings into something of value you know one of the challenges is you know it does cost you know a fair amount of money to rehabilitate these older historic structures.”

Horvath says the projects could create more than 50 new jobs, and more than $19-million in capital investment.

The projects are expected to be completed within the next year.

Shiawassee Wildlife Refuge asks for public input on new restoration project

Shiawassee Wildlife RefugeThe Shiawassee Wildlife Refuge recently acquired 135 acres of new land. It comes from the defunct Germania Town and Country Club in Saginaw.

The refuge has scheduled a public meeting for March 15th in order to determine what to do with the land.
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Another million for Michigan waters

The Michigan DNR has awarded one-and-a-quarter million dollars to 7 projects through its Aquatic Habitat Grant Program.

Friends of the Shiawassee received the single largest donation, $365-thousand, for their dam removal project.

Gary Burk is the Board Director for the Friends, he says the project is important for a number of reasons.

“We were actually approached by the State as to whether we could be a local agency to help direct grant dollars and project management for the removal of that dam. There’s a number of reasons for the removal. It’s a deteriorated structure, and we’d like to restore connectivity to the river. Plus, there have been some drownings at the dam.”

For a full list of the projects that were awarded grant money from the DNR visit their website here.

Seven-county agribusiness forum set to discuss economic growth

Photo courtesy of the seven-county I-69 Thumb Region.

Photo courtesy of the seven-county I-69 Thumb Region.

Representatives from across a seven-county region, including Genesee, Shiawassee and Lapeer, are meeting Feb. 19 to share new agribusiness ideas.

Region officials said the time is now to share the advantages of agribusiness with potential key partners, such as policy makers and business executives.
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