FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 20, 2006
Governor Granholm Announces 23 Projects Selected as 2006 Cool Cities Designees
A Cool Cities designation brings with it funding and a
variety of “tool box” items provided by state agencies to help
Now in its third year, the Cool Cities initiative offers a “Neighborhoods in Progress” designation, which awards $100,000 catalyst grants along with priority access to existing state grant funds, loans, tax credits, or services that can help create vibrant, mixed-use neighborhoods.
This year, sixteen projects have received the Cool Cities
“Neighborhoods in Progress” designation and priority access to
“tool box” items. Twelve of the 16 will also each receive the
catalyst grant of $100,000. The 12 projects receiving the Cool Cities
Neighborhoods in Progress and catalyst grant are located in Benton Harbor,
Detroit (3), Flint, Grand Rapids, Howell, Ionia, Lansing, Mount Clemens,
Muskegon, and Pontiac. The four projects that received the Cool Cities
designation and priority access to state resources, without the $100,000
catalyst funding are:
“We had the funding available for 12 Neighborhoods in Progress, however we received 16 outstanding for proposals. As a result, we opted to add Adrian, Dearborn, Cadillac, and Saginaw projects as Cool Cities designees to assist their projects with the resources we have available including priority access and technical assistance,” said Department of Labor & Economic Growth Director Robert W. Swanson. “We’ve learned from past Cool Cities projects that just the designation alone gives them an opportunity to leverage significant investment into their communities.”
The cities participating in the first year of the program say the Cool Cities designation helped create 400 new jobs and retain 500 existing jobs. They also reported more than $350 million was contributed by local, state, and private organizations.
The Cool Cities program was expanded in 2005 with new
• 2006 Cool Cities Blueprints for
The Cool Cities initiative breaks down the silos of state government by having a multi-agency team review each application. The team looks for proposals that demonstrate close partnerships with existing community organizations and the private sector and offer plans for creating large-scale neighborhood or community improvement.
“This initiative is key to the Governor’s overall economic development strategy, and we are pleased that we can be of assistance to cities that want to bring back their downtowns and neighborhoods,” said MSHDA Executive Director Michael R. DeVos. “The Cool Cities initiative is an excellent example of what can happen when state agencies and local governments and development organizations work together to bring jobs and people to their communities.”
Following are brief descriptions of the Cool City Neighborhoods in Progress recipients: