Posted on January 28th, 2021

MAMA Selects Chippewa County for New Command and Control Center



MAMA Selects Chippewa County for New Command and Control Center

Upper Peninsula Community Is Third and Final Site In Michigan Launch Initiative


Sterling Heights, Michigan, January 28, 2021 – The Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association, or MAMA, today announced the selection of Chippewa County in the state’s Upper Peninsula as the site of its new command and control center.


Chippewa was among four communities across the state considered for the command and control center. Site selection – co-led by spaceport consultants BRPH and Kimley-Horn – was based on many factors, including community support, constructability, existing communication infrastructure and established workforce and aerospace industry.


Chippewa was chosen as the third and final site in the Michigan Launch Initiative, a public-private partnership organized by MAMA that is expected to bring an estimated 40,000 new jobs and solidify the state’s place as a premier commercial aerospace destination. The new command and control center will enable the MLI to interface with the …

Posted on January 20th, 2021

Chippewa County EDC Receives Economic Development Administration Grant for $3.4 Million to Support Manufacturing Growth in Chippewa County

For Immediate Release: Jan. 20, 2021


Kincheloe, MI – Chippewa County EDC Receives Economic Development Administration Grant for $3.4 Million to Support Manufacturing Growth in Chippewa County



On Jan. 19th, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $3.4 million grant to the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation, Kincheloe, Michigan, to build a manufacturing facility at the Chippewa County Air/Industrial Park and expand an existing railroad spur to serve the facility. The EDA grant will be matched with $842,310 in local funds.  The funds will support the construction of a new 20,0000 square foot facility that will be served by rail.  This facility will be another key asset for its Air and Industrial Park to allow for expansion, attract new firms, and generate jobs.  “These grants are highly competitive and a key tool to assist the EDC in positioning itself for growth and expansion”, stated EDC President Chris Olson.  “This project will also directly tie into the recently competed efforts between the City of Sault Ste. Marie EDC and the Chippewa County EDC on the expansion of the existing Foreign Trade Zone, to encompass all of Chippewa County”. …

Posted on January 14th, 2021

Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program to provide $55 million in grants for COVID-19 relief efforts

  • Michigan Strategic Fund authorizes relief programs to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19 and recent public health orders
  • Application will open January 19 at 9 a.m. EST at www.michiganbusiness.org/survival
  • Small Business Survival grants will be administered by 15 Economic Development Organizations covering all 83 counties
  • All applications received will be considered by EDOs in the review process
  • $3.5 million Michigan Stages Survival Grant program also approved to offer relief to live music and event venues statewide


ANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Strategic Fund today approved two grant programs – the Michigan Small Business Survival Grants and the Michigan Stages Survival Grants – totaling $58.5 million in relief to help meet the urgent needs of small businesses and live event venues impacted by the COVID-19 virus, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced.

The State of Michigan appropriated the funds through SB 748, signed into law by Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Dec. 29, to implement the programs to support Michigan’s small businesses that have been especially impacted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


“From the beginning, my administration has been deeply committed to providing some crucial support to Michigan’s small businesses that have been hit hard by the …

Posted on January 13th, 2021

Employee Assistance Grants –

The Employee Assistance Grants were made available by Senate Bill 748, and are designed to provide support to employees impacted by the MDHHS Gathering and Face Mask Order that took effect on November 18, 2020. The Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association Educational Foundation is administering this grant program.

The application period will open on January 15, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. and will be available until January 25, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. The grants are not first come, first serve and the application will be open for submissions for the entirety of that 10-day period. Please take the time to ensure your application is complete and correct.
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Development Partners

Chippewa County EDC

5019 Airport Drive, Kincheloe, MI 49788


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