June 03, 2004

Cool Cities Grants Issued

This is a press release from the governor's office:

Governor Granholm Designates 20 Projects for Cool Cities Pilot Program

LANSING – Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced that 20 Cool Cities pilot projects will receive catalyst grants of up to $100,000 and will have access to more than $100 million in state grants, loans, and other resources. The initiative, designed to help foster the development of vibrant, attractive cities and urban centers, is part of Governor Granholm’s economic development plan for Michigan.


The projects receiving grants are located in Alpena, Bay City, Detroit, Ferndale, Flint, Grand Rapids, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Marquette, Port Huron, Portland, Saginaw, Saugatuck, Sault Ste. Marie, Traverse City, Warren, and Ypsilanti.

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June 01, 2004

Comment Spam

I have deleted some "comment spam" this site received, sorry for the inconvenience!

Posted by robg3 at 07:28 PM

May 12, 2004

Hello Out there!

The Cool Cities Task Force will be issuing our report soon, stay tuned!

Posted by robg3 at 02:41 PM

March 17, 2004

This Week's Meeting

Thanks to everyone who attended the Town Hall Meeting this week!

I think I can say that the Task Force Members present were happily surprised with the size and diversity of the crowd we attracted - and I think that there were a lot of ideas and energy in the room. The meeting even attracted a couple surprise visitors, including the mayor John Hieftje, a member of the school board (whose name I forgot!) and local developer Peter Allen, who will be breaking ground on his Lower Town Project this summer.

At least a couple Ann Arbor bloggers posted about the meeting, click on the read more link to see excerpts from their posts.

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March 14, 2004

"Want to lure creative folks to Michigan? Try tolerance"

Rick Haglund has an interesting article in today's Ann Arbor News. Here's the full text:

"Could an effort by state lawmakers to enact a constitutional ban on gay marriage hurt Michigan's economy?

I didn't get a chance to ask him, but after listening to "The Rise of the Creative Class" author Richard Florida recently, my guess is that his answer would be a resounding "Yes."

Florida criss-crosses the country telling community groups, business organizations and government officials that the key to success in their cities is capturing the young artists, bohemians, entrepreneurs and professionals - the creative class - who will be driving the 21st century's knowledge-based economy."

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