Posted on March 23rd, 2016

USDA offers Community Economic Assistance


EAST LANSING, March 23, 2016 – U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Rural Development State Director for Michigan James J. Turner today announced the agency is accepting applications for the Stronger Economies Together (SET) technical assistance program. Applications are due by 11:59pm on April 21, 2016.

“The SET Program teaches regional groups how to work together to identify their own communities’ strengths and weaknesses as well as the strengths and weaknesses of the communities surrounding them” said Turner. “More and more communities are starting to understand that the key to economic success is in allowing communities to specialize in what they are good at while building a regional plan to meet all citizen needs.”

The program is designed to encourage and train regional partners how to plan and implement regional economic strategies. SET includes six months of training and planning workshops to design a high quality regional plan and an additional six months of technical assistance throughout the implementation of the plan.

Regional-based development plans keep farmers or manufacturing plants located in the communities where they are successful then builds the capacity to meet other economic needs in the areas adjoining them.

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Posted on March 10th, 2016

MDOT 2016 construction map now available

http://UP CONSTRUCTIONThe Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has posted the 2016 Paving the Way state construction map online for motorists to download. In an effort to be an even more environmentally friendly state agency, and to save taxpayer dollars, MDOT is no longer printing the map for distribution. Instead, motorists are encouraged to download the map and print it at home or at their nearest library or print service provider. The map is available at www.michigan.gov/mdotmaps.

“Making the yearly construction map available to download leverages technology to help travelers plan ahead,” said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. “Remember to slow down in construction zones and avoid all distractions. Road workers are entrusting their lives with you while they focus on the task at hand. Let’s make sure everyone makes it home each and every day during this construction season.”

MDOT reminds motorists that state construction information is always available on the Mi Drive traffic website: www.michigan.gov/drive, as well as the Mi Drive mobile app, available on iTunes and Google Play. The map will also be on display in all rest areas and Welcome Centers as in years past.

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