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Whitmer announces $1.5M in assistance for Ingham, Lenawee, and Hillsdale counties

One project is expected to create 560 jobs and retain 65 jobs.
A portion of the federal relief funding will go to support working people and small businesses...
A portion of the federal relief funding will go to support working people and small businesses in Michigan.(WNDU)
Updated: Jun. 4, 2021 at 7:17 AM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Thursday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo awarded $1.5 million in CARES Act Recovery Assistance grants from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to help the state of Michigan respond to the coronavirus.

“As we continue putting Michigan back to work, this $1.5 million grant will stimulate our economy and create good-paying jobs,” said Gov. Whitmer. “Michigan is grateful to Biden Administration and Secretary Raimondo at the Department of Commerce for investing in our local communities and helping us build back better from the pandemic.”

The Lansing Economic Area Partnership will receive an $813,000 EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to develop a medical technology strategy to create economic diversity in the regional healthcare industry. The project will be matched with $257,000 in state and local funds and is projected to create 560 jobs and retain 65 jobs.

The Lenawee Economic Development Corporation will receive a $658,560 EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to develop a marketing plan and business assistance network to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic in Lenawee and Hillsdale counties. The project will be matched with $164,640 in local funds and is expected to retain 445 jobs and create 70 jobs.

The projects are funded under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (Public Law 116-136), which provided EDA with $1.5 billion for economic assistance programs to help communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.

EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance, which is being managed under the authority of the bureau’s flexible Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) program, offers a wide range of financial assistance to eligible communities and regions as they respond to and recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

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