Lansing, MI— The Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM) is excited to announce the ten communities chosen to host a community development fellow for the 2021-22 program year: Hancock, Kalkaska, Cheboygan, Big Rapids, Bridgeport Charter Township, Flint, Lansing, Coldwater, Tecumseh, and Ferndale.
This is the third cohort of CEDAM’s Community Development Fellowship, made possible with funding and partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). The fellowship was created to help address a common challenge Michigan’s diverse communities face: a lack of sufficient capacity to achieve their economic development potential. Fellows work directly with existing municipalities or organizations in these communities for 15-months on projects that expand organizational capacity, increase local collaboration, and remove barriers to development.
“Last year’s fellows made a significant impact, supporting vibrant, diverse, and resilient communities across Michigan. We are excited for ten new municipalities, participating in the Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) program, to benefit from the fellowship,” said Michelle Parkkonen, managing director of technical assistance programs at MEDC.
Previous fellow projects include the creation of a Façade Grant Program, selecting and marketing sites for redevelopment, planning interactive events for community engagement, and much more. Between June – December 2020, the last cohort helped secure more than $368,000 in funding for communities.
Interested in applying to be a fellow? Recruitment kicks off in June. Visit cedamichigan.org/fellowship for more information.
EGLE Awards Bridgeport Charter Township $4,000 Grant to Collect and Recycle Scrap Tires
On May 13, 2021, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) awarded $770,936 in grants to fund 59 community scrap tire drop-off events and other tire cleanups in 72 counties across the state. Bridgeport’s $4,000 grant will be used to remove old tires from along the Mack Road right-of-way.
Improperly dumped scrap tires pose a fire hazard and create mosquito breeding grounds. Recycled scrap tires can be used in asphalt to pave roads, as mulch in gardens and playgrounds, and in manufacturing processes.
Bridgeport Acquires LED Lighting for Zero Cost Through Saginaw County Chamber
Saginaw County Chamber members, in the Consumers Energy Service Area, qualified for 4' LED tube lights at absolutely no-cost paid for through a special incentive program arranged through the Saginaw Chamber & Consumer Energy's Trade Ally Partner, OEO Energy Solutions. Bridgeport Charter Township applied and was approved in May for 275 LED tubes to light our municipal buildings.