economic development

  • Do you have enough downtown parking?

    Do you have enough downtown parking?

    October 24, 2016

    By Kimberly Jongsma, Public Outreach and Planning Specialist Finding a place to park is often an issue in downtowns, especially during events. The first solution most people think of is to add more spaces and lots, but making convenient “free” parking a sole priority can decrease a downtown’s vibrancy. There is such a thing as too much parking (think of Kmart lots). […]

  • MDOT Transportation Economic Development Fund

    MDOT Transportation Economic Development Fund

    April 22, 2015

    The MDOT Office of Economic Development is now taking applications for the Transportation Economic Development Fund Category F – Fiscal Year 2017. Who can apply? Cities, villages, and county road commissions. Make sure your proposed project is on a federal-aid designated route, within federal aid urban areas, and the county has a population of 400,000 […]

  • Michigan Blue Economy – We’re Powered by Water

    Michigan Blue Economy – We’re Powered by Water

    April 15, 2015

    The Michigan Economic Center and GVSU Annis Water Research Institute recently launched Michigan Blue Economy (michiganblueeconomy.org), a report about how water has already powered Michigan’s economy and how it can provide new economic opportunities through business innovations, a global water education/research center, and by recognizing the value of our Great Lakes and the resources and […]

  • MEDC plans to offer downtown infrastructure grants again in 2013

    MEDC plans to offer downtown infrastructure grants again in 2013

    August 22, 2013

    If you’re looking to improve your downtown’s infrastructure, and you are a qualifying low– to moderate–income community (see list), you are eligible to apply for a Downtown Infrastructure Grant (DIG). Parking lots, curbs, street improvements, sewers and water system projects all qualify. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) expects to make applications available soon. Generally, there […]

  • Grant Projects – Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program

    Grant Projects – Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program

    January 8, 2013

    The Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program (MCZMP) within the Office of the Great Lakes, Department of Environmental Quality has released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for grant projects that will start January 1, 2014.  Projects should protect the Great Lakes coastal resources by fostering environmentally-friendly development of economically and socially vibrant coastal communities. Download the […]

  • DDAs and Economic Development

    DDAs and Economic Development

    January 3, 2013

    Not everyone is aware of downtown development authorities (DDA), or why they are important. Many cities have one, and Michigan has 35 of them. Prein&Newhof often works with DDAs on projects related to streetscapes and downtown infrastructure. Downtown is considered the heart of the city. It is an expanse of a few streets that are […]

  • Downtown Infrastructure Grants announced for Low to Moderate Income Communities

    Downtown Infrastructure Grants announced for Low to Moderate Income Communities

    November 15, 2012

    The Michigan Economic Development Corporation will accept grant applications until December 21, 2012 for grants of up to $750,000 to low- to moderate income communities for downtown infrastructure improvements. Eligible projects include parking lots, streetscapes, sidewalks, sewer, water and storm pipelines among others. Qualifying communities and designated eligible areas are listed here. The grant application […]