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  • Ecotourism Symposium at The Willows Ecology Center at Chatfield School April 18, 2017 by Katie Curnow - Michigan’s I-69 Thumb Region is highlighting Ecotourism in the seven county Region which includes Genesee, Huron, Lapeer, Sanilac, Shiawassee, St. Clair and Tuscola counties. Ecotourism can be defined as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education” (TIES, 2015). On Thursday, May ... Read more
  • Grants to Support River Cleanups in Eight Communities March 30, 2017 by Katie Curnow - Today, the Great Lakes Commission and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) announced nearly $21,000 in grants to fund river, stream, and creek cleanup events around the state. Michigan’s Volunteer River, Stream, and Creek Cleanup Program provides $500 to $5,000 in grants to clean and improve Michigan’s waters. Local governments often partner with nonprofit organizations ... Read more
  • Ferris building renovation in downtown Flint to get $2.5 million grant March 28, 2017 by Katie Curnow - FLINT, MI — The state awarded a $2.5 million Michigan Strategic Fund grant to support the Flint Ferris Wheel Innovation Center and 100K Ideas in downtown Flint. With the renovation of the seven-story building comes 100K ideas, an innovation platform that is expected to “put a new spin on the way innovators approach the startup ... Read more
  • Huntington Bank to invest $5.4M in downtown Flint, bring in 60 jobs March 14, 2017 by Katie Curnow - FLINT, MI — Huntington National Bank plans to expand its call center in downtown Flint, investing nearly $5.4 million in renovating its Saginaw Street complex and creating 60 new jobs. A $450,000 performance-based grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund brought the overall cost to relocate the bank’s call center to Flint lower than a competitive ... Read more
  • Business expansions, community revitalization projects, more gain Michigan Strategic Fund approval February 18, 2017 by Katie Curnow - LANSING, Mich. – Projects expected to generate nearly $187 million in total investment and create 1,445 jobs in Michigan gained approval from the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today. “The Michigan Strategic Fund took on an extensive agenda that promotes a wide array of new economic opportunities for the people of ... Read more
  • I-69 Thumb Region Selects Winner of the Food & Beverage Business Contest January 26, 2017 by Katie Curnow - (DAVISON, Mich. – January 23, 2017)  Today, seven businesses vied in the “Catapult Your Craft Food & Beverage Business Competition,” with Elk Street Brewery in Sanilac County taking home top honors and the $5,000 grand prize.        The final round of the business competition was held today as part of the 5th Annual Regional ... Read more
  • Craft food and beverage competition boosts Thumb businesses December 22, 2016 by Katie Curnow - This fall, the I-69 Thumb Region economic partnership has been supporting area craft food and beverage businesses with the Catapult Your Craft business competition. The partnership consists of seven counties; Genesee, St. Clair, Lapeer, Shiawassee, Huron, Tuscola and Sanilac. In each county, first and second place prizes of $2,000 and $1,000 were awarded in November ... Read more
  • Cargill Breaks Ground on $19 Million Animal Feed Plant in Owosso December 15, 2016 by Katie Curnow - Owosso – Through an important public/private partnership, Cargill today broke ground on a new animal feed production facility in the City of Owosso. They recently acquired a nearly 20-acre site from the city, located at 1509 W Oliver St, which will house a new 75,000 square foot, $19 million plant focused on providing custom animal ... Read more
  • DTE Energy matches $100,000 in development grants for St. Clair, Harbor Beach November 15, 2016 by Katie Curnow - Grants to support community redevelopment following retirements of coal-burning power plants DETROIT, Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — DTE Energy has matched two economic development grants from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to assist St. Clair County and the City of Harbor Beach redevelop property following retirements of DTE coal-fired power plants. The EDA granted ... Read more
  • 7 Local Businesses to Compete in Next Week’s ‘Catapult Your Craft Food & Beverage Business Contest’ October 28, 2016 by Katie Curnow - (Flint, Mich. – Oct. 28, 2016) Seven Genesee County businesses and entrepreneurs will compete in the “Catapult Your Craft Food & Beverage Business Contest” at the Flint Farmers’ Market on Nov. 2, 2016. The pitch event – a project of the I-69 Thumb Region – kicks off the contest’s county-level competitions and will determine who will ... Read more