U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced support to help spur economic development in the Upper Peninsula. The Eastern U.P. Regional Planning and Development Commission will receive an Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to support private capital investment and job creation in the counties of Luce, Chippewa, and Mackinac.
Senator Stabenow said,"Having a regional economic development plan in place helps attract new business investment and brings new jobs to the Eastern U.P. This support will help the Eastern U.P. Regional Planning and Development Commission continue to implement a collaborative strategy that will benefit communities and families throughout the area."
Senator Levin said, "It's vital for local governments to ensure that public policies promote economic growth and job creation. This investment will continue to help communities in the Eastern U.P. attract and assist new businesses with technical assistance as well as help existing businesses grow and create jobs."
The Eastern U.P. Regional Planning and Development Commission will receive a $174,495 EDA grant. The Eastern U.P. Regional Planning and Development Commission assists cities, townships and counties in the areas of grant writing, community surveys, land use planning, recreation planning, economic and community development, and transportation. This EDA planning investment will bring together the public and private sectors to continue to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.