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$289,000 awarded to Hartford for downtown improvements

Published 8:50am Tuesday, September 8, 2009

LANSING – Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm Friday announced a $289,000 grant to Hartford in Van Buren County to fund downtown infrastructure improvements.

The grant is being made available by the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) with funds provided by the federal Community Development Block Grant program. An MEDC official presented a ceremonial check to Hartford and Van Buren County officials Sept. 4.

“Vibrant communities with thriving downtowns are critical to building a strong and diversified economy in Michigan,” Granholm said. “These kinds of projects help put into place the kind of 21st-century infrastructure that can support new business investment and new job growth.”

The City of Hartford will contribute $40,000 to support the project, which includes a completely reconstructed South Municipal parking lot, sewer system upgrades, an expanded sidewalk and other streetscape enhancements. “The CDBG program has been a tremendous resource to the Hartford community in upgrading our housing conditions, the city’s infrastructure and the overall quality of life of the residents here,” said Hartford City Manager Yemi Akanwale.

“The city of Hartford is very grateful to the MEDC for the assistance.”

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