Michigan

Over $1B in State, Federal Funding to Aid Flint Water Crisis Recovery

The Flint water crisis is transitioning into the disaster recovery stage, and over $1 billion in state and federal funding is about to pour into the city and Genesee County to aid economic recovery and provide finance for water infrastructure and long-term development projects.

Flint Water Bill

Flint Water Bill (photo – house.gov)

For starters, the Small Business Administration has approved Gov. Rick Snyder’s request for low-interest disaster loans for businesses in Genesee County and the city of Flint.

The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans are working capital loans, that will now be made available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private, non-profit organizations that meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the disaster.

The Michigan Senate has additionally approved a $30 million dollar funding request for a proposal announced by Governor Rick Snyder to aid the city of Flint with credits (Consumption and Consumer Use Credit). If this $30 million is approved by the MI House, state funding for Flint’s water crisis for this Fiscal Year will total $67.3 million.

The Governor has also appointed Mike Finney, former executive director of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, to the City of Flint Receivership Transition Advisory board. Gov. Snyder said in a release that “I am confident that Mike, a Flint native, will work diligently with local leaders to ensure continued financial stability, which is especially imperative as we work to transition executive authority back to Mayor Weaver.”

But even this would be relatively small compared to proposed state and federal funding for Flint economic development projects, with most of it to be earmarked for fixing and replacing the city’s water infrastructure.

Legislation that has been introduced in the United States Congress by Congressman Dan Kildee and U.S. Senators for Michigan Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters provides up to $400 million in new federal emergency funding to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help replace or fix the City of Flint’s water supply infrastructure.

In a letter to President Obama requesting federal assistance, Governor Snyder had stated that the estimated cost of replacing the City of Flint’s water supply infrastructure is $767,419,500. The federal amendment therefore requires the State of Michigan to match dollar-for-dollar the $400 million in federal infrastructure funding that will be authorized through the bill.

Apart from this $800 million in state and federal funding, the new legislation establishes and funds a $200 million Center of Excellence on Lead Exposure in Flint to focus on the immediate and long-term needs of children and adults exposed to lead. It also gives the State of Michigan new flexibility to use funding to help forgive water infrastructure loans. The legislation is being pushed through Congress as an amendment to the Energy Policy and Modernization Act.

The federal legislation also includes $90 million in state and federal funding to support Flint economic development assistance programs and expanded youth employment opportunities.

This includes $12.5 million from the U.S. Department of Commerce for economic development assistance programs, and another $12.5 million for minority business development programs, to be matched with $25 million in state funding. The U.S. Department of Labor will provide another $20 million, to be matched by the state, for youth employment opportunities, workforce training, literacy and apprenticeship grants.

The bill also seeks to make critical investments in Flint schools, including establishing school-based health centers and infrastructure repairs to school buildings.

Report – Michigan University Research Corridor Economic Impact Pegged at $17.5B

The University Research Corridor (URC), an alliance of Michigan’s three largest higher education institutions, has increased its economic impact on the state by $700 million to $17.5 billion.

Michigan URC economic impact

Michigan URC economic impact

This according to an independent analysis of the URC’s economic impact conducted by Anderson Economic Group.

In 2007, the presidents of the URC universities (Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University) hired Anderson Economic Group in the spirit of promoting Michigan economic development and accountability to the citizens of the state of Michigan. The firm was asked to perform an independent analysis of URC’s economic impact, and this latest report is the ninth annual report in this series.

Highlights from the 9th Annual URC Economic Impact and Benchmark Report:

In FY 2014, the URC contributed $17.5 billion to the state economy, which is $700 million up from the $16.8 billion impact in the previous year, and 35 percent up from 2007. For every dollar the state invests in the three URC universities, Michigan now reaps $22 in economic benefits. Additionally, the State of Michigan receives $499 million in tax revenue from URC employees and alumni.

Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon said in a release that “The University Research Corridor’s impact extends far beyond the $17.5 billion that the three institutions bring to Michigan’s economy.”

The URC’s $2.104 billion in R&D expenditures in 2014 marks an increase of more than 50 percent since 2007, when the URC first began benchmarking against the other innovation clusters. This growth far surpassed the growth for all U.S. institutions, as well as the growth for the peer cluster average (31 and 41 percent, respectively). Overall, the URC ranks fifth among the eight clusters for total R&D in 2014.

The URC retained its second place standing in Anderson’s Innovation Power Ranking for the third year in a row. This ranking indexes defining factors of leading research universities such as talent, R&D and technology commercialization, to arrive at the ranking metric. URC is sandwiched in this ranking between the Southern California cluster (UCLA, UC-San Diego and USC) which is ranked first, and the Northern California cluster (UC-San Francisco, UC-Berkeley and Stanford) which is ranked third.

URC Executive Director Jeff Mason noted that “The 9th Annual Economic Impact Report demonstrates the collective power of the URC universities, which are highly competitive with the most respected clusters in the country.”

The URC conferred 34,141 degrees including 2,332 medical degrees, the highest number of advanced degrees in the medicine and biological science fields of any peer university innovation cluster. University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel added that “Our immense pool of talent helps drive the economy and makes Michigan a more attractive place to live and do business.”

Since 2002, the three URC universities have cultivated 188 start-up companies, including 71 which have formed in the past five years. All told, more than 19 percent of URC alumni have founded or co-founded a business, adding an estimated 380,000 businesses to the economy by URC alumni worldwide. Nearly half of these businesses were started in Michigan, and continue to contribute to the economy and spur further innovation throughout the state.

Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson said that “Our three universities take research out of the lab and into the market, keeping jobs and investment dollars here in our backyard.”

Read the full 9th Annual URC Economic Impact and Benchmark Report – Download (pdf)

Switch SUPERNAP Michigan Data Centers Will be 100% Powered by Renewable Energy

Last year in December, Switch had announced plans to locate a new $5 billion SUPERNAP data center in Gaines Township, MI. The Las Vegas-based builder of data centers has now announced that this data center complex near Grand Rapids will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy.

Switch

Switch (photo – supernap.com)

This follows the announcement earlier this month that all of Switch’s SUPERNAP data centers in Nevada are now powered with 100 percent renewable energy.

In order to achieve this at the former Steelcase Pyramid data center site in Gaines Township, the company has begun working with local utility Consumers Energy to develop a comprehensive plan to power SUPERNAP Michigan with 100 percent green power.

Garrick Rochow, Consumers Energy’s vice president and chief customer officer, said in a release that since their first contact with Switch, Consumers Energy understood the importance of building new renewable generation to provide Switch with 100 percent renewable power at their SUPERNAP Michigan data center.

“We are excited to partner with Switch to make the largest data center in the eastern U.S. the greenest,” added Rochow.

Switch EVP of Strategy Adam Kramer added that “Sustainably running the internet is one of the driving principles of Switch, which is why in our site selection process for an eastern U.S. SUPERNAP data center site, we had to find a local utility who could provide a pathway to 100 percent renewable power.”

Switch has built its SUPERNAP Prime interactive, super-scale facilities in Nevada at safer inland locations that are still within the millisecond protocols needed to safely serve major markets. The Michigan SUPERNAP Prime follows this Switch site selection criteria, and will be 2 milliseconds from Chicago and 14 milliseconds from New York.

In line with this added site selection criterion of being able to power its data center facilities with 100 percent renewable energy, Switch has also become a member of the WWF/WRI Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles, established to articulate the needs of large renewable energy buyers and add the perspective of large entities who intend to go green or who have already gone green, such as Switch, to the future of the U.S. energy and electricity system.

By joining the Buyers’ Principles, Switch aims to contribute its knowledge on how to create green energy tariffs and procure new, local, renewable generation with other companies who share Switch’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

Switch’s move to power their data center facilities with 100 percent renewable energy also aligns with the company’s founding by Rob Roy in 2000 as a platform for all of his sustainability-focused patents and differentiated technologies.

GM-Michigan MEGA Economic Development Tax Credit Agreement Secures $1B Investment

General Motors has announced new investments totaling more than $356 million for its Michigan operations in Flint, Saginaw and Grand Rapids.

GM Flint Engine

GM Flint Engine (press photo – © General Motors)

GM announced these investments to coincide with Michigan Strategic Fund approval of an amended agreement under the Michigan Economic Growth Authority (MEGA) tax credit program.

As per the amended Michigan economic development tax credit agreement, GM will invest $1 billion in Michigan by 2030, including this latest investment of $356.35 million which represents more than one-third of that amount.

Governor Rick Snyder said in a release that the agreement with GM on MEGA credits helps Michigan’s budget forecast. “The fact that GM is committing to invest $1 billion by 2030 here is even better news. It’s a globally competitive environment, and GM’s announcement shows it appreciates that Michigan is a Comeback State with a skilled work force and exciting expansion opportunities,” added Gov. Snyder.

Since 2009, GM has made investment commitments in Michigan of more than $9 billion, far exceeding its original investment commitment under the MEGA Agreement. The new investments announced in Michigan bring GM’s total U.S.-facility investment announcements this year to $7.1 billion.

Bill Shaw, GM North America Manufacturing Manager, said in the release that “These investments will better position GM and its work force to produce high quality engines and components for customers who demand greater fuel efficiency and performance from our vehicles.”

The latest $356.35 million investment will create 55 new jobs and help retain nearly 500 jobs. It includes the following investments:

– $263 million for a future engine program at GM Flint Engine Operations. This investment will help retain approximately 410 hourly and salaried jobs at the plant;

– $50 million for driveline components at GM Saginaw Metal Casting Operations. This investment will help retain 68 jobs; and

– $43.35 million for powertrain components at GM Grand Rapids Operations. This investment will create 55 new jobs and help retain 15 jobs.

UAW Region 1-D Director Gerald Kariem said in the release that “These investments were earned with the quality and skill our membership brings to their jobs every day, and we appreciate GM giving us the opportunity to continue to prove the UAW work force is world class.”

Apart from the GM MEGA agreement amendment, MSF also approved a $3.5 million performance-based grant for Sakthi Automotive for investing $31.8 million and creating 350 jobs in Detroit.

Ann Arbor, Michigan Economic Development Agencies Secure MMI ES Expansion

Advanced material technology company MMI Engineered Solutions Inc. (MMI ES) announced plans for an expansion of its manufacturing facility in the City of Saline, MI.

Saline, Michigan

Saline, Michigan (photo – Dwight Burdette/wikimedia)

Supported by Ann Arbor SPARK, the City of Saline, and the Michigan Economic Development Corp., the company is investing $5.6 million to add 50,000 square feet to its existing 80,000-square-foot facility in Saline.

The expansion will add space for distribution, injection molding, assembly and tooling. MMI ES will create 47 new jobs, adding to the existing 100 employees who already work at the facility.

MMI ES specializes in the design, tooling and molding of solutions using advanced composites and engineered resins. Their engineering lab and manufacturing facility in Saline supports OEM product design and manufacturing engineers in diverse industries including transportation, defense, food processing, alternative energy and medical devices.

Headquartered in Saline, MMI ES also has a sales office in Troy, MI and a facility in Monterey, Mexico. Michigan won this project over competition for it from the Mexico site.

MMI ES President and Owner Doug Callahan said in a release that the expansion of their Saline headquarters is a key strategic move for MMI ES. “I was born and raised in Michigan and I am proud that I am able to promote economic growth in the state,” added Callahan.

Non-profit Ann Arbor economic development organization Ann Arbor SPARK helped MMI ES with the process of working with MEDC to secure key incentives and support. This includes a $150,000 Michigan Business Development Program grant, and additional local incentives from the City of Saline in the form of a property tax abatment. MMI ES is also getting more than $78,000 in Skilled Trades Training Funds to support its talent needs.

Ann Arbor SPARK President and CEO Paul Krutko said in the release that MMI ES is a great example of a company that’s been able to grow, long-term, in this region, and is choosing to continue to invest and create jobs here.

“The Ann Arbor region is an ideal location to find skilled trades and technical talent, and as a manufacturing hub, provides ample opportunities to businesses like MMI ES to also find new customers and partners,” added Krutko.

City of Saline Mayor Brian Marl likewise noted that “MMI-es is a great Saline company and the City of Saline remains committed to assisting them as they grow and expand in our region.”

Apart from the state assistance for MMI ES, the Michigan Economic Development Corp also announced MSF approval of a $500,000 Michigan Business Development grant for custom factory automation systems manufacturer Hanson Systems LLC (dba Eagle Technologies Group).

The company is investing $6 million for establishing a 150,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in St. Joseph Township, MI. The Township is additionally providing local incentives for the project in the form of tax abatements.

Macomb Innovation Fund Fuels Detroit Area Economic Development

The Macomb Innovation Fund announced that it has awarded $300,000 in funding for five early-stage companies from Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties in Michigan.

Macomb Innovation Fund

Macomb Innovation Fund (photo -innovationfundamerica.org)

The Innovation Fund is a $2.7 million effort to stimulate regional Detroit economic development and job growth among promising entrepreneurs and next-stage companies in the area with high-growth potential.

Funding for this Fund is provided by Macomb Community College’s Strategic Fund and JPMorgan Chase, as part of the company’s $100 million commitment to Detroit’s economic recovery and development initiatives.

Companies funded by the Innovation Fund are required to provide internships or learning experiences for Macomb Community College students. So students not only have the opportunity to develop valuable workplace skills, but will also gain first-hand exposure to entrepreneurship.

The five latest companies awarded funding through the Innovation Fund are:

Banza – Detroit-based Banza produces pasta from chickpeas that provides 25 grams of protein and 13 grams of fiber per serving with half of the net carbohydrates found in regular pasta. The company has been awarded $100,000 through the Innovation Fund.

Lighthouse Molding – Sterling Heights-based Lighthouse Molding has developed a low-pressure overmolding technology that encapsulates and protects electronic assemblies from water, humidity, shock, vibration, thermal variation, dust and dirt. The company has been awarded $100,000 through the Innovation Fund.

PHASIQ – Ann Arbor-based PHASIQ has designed a method of diagnostic testing for a variety of proteins in a single patient sample, providing advantages over the current process of testing for proteins one at a time. The company has been awarded $50,000 through the Innovation Fund.

Pro:Up – Detroit-based Pro:Up is an online marketplace that matches students to extracurricular opportunities related to their educational and career objectives. The company has been awarded $25,000 through the Innovation Fund.

Sterilogy – Bloomfield Hills-based Sterilogy has developed a hand sanitizer system with an electronic compliance system for health care workers. It not only records compliance with hygiene protocols, but also prompts compliance if the healthcare worker does not follow the protocols. The company has been awarded $25,000 through the Innovation Fund.

These five companies were selected from a field of 27 qualified applicants. Each went through a two-stage process, pitching first to a screening committee. Final award recommendations out of the companies that made it through the screening round were then made by a selection committee comprised of area professionals.

This is the second round of funding awarded by the Innovation Fund, following an earlier $275,000 round in July.

Dr. James Jacobs, president, Macomb Community College, said in a release that “The Innovation Fund is an important new way in which the college can directly support economic development while providing a different type of learning experience for our students.”

Chauncy Lennon, Head of Workforce Initiatives, JPMorgan Chase, noted that stronger small businesses drive job creation and economic growth. “We are proud to be a part of the Detroit-area’s resurgence by supporting the entrepreneurs who are fueling its recovery,” added Lennon.

GSA Kicks Off Nationwide Initiative in Detroit to Align With Local Economic Development Goals

The U.S. General Services Administration has launched a nationwide Economic Catalyst Initiative that will better align the agency’s building, leasing, and relocation plans with the economic development goals of local communities.

GSA Economic Catalyst Initiative

GSA Economic Catalyst Initiative (photo -gsa.gov)

GSA provides workplaces by constructing, managing, and preserving government buildings and by leasing and managing commercial real estate. Specifically, GSA manages 9,600 federally owned or leased buildings, along with 205,000 vehicles.

The idea behind the new Economic Catalyst Initiative is to align GSA’s plans with the economic development goals of local communities, while also improving outcomes for the federal government and partner agencies.

GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth is launching the initiative this week, starting with projects in Detroit, MI; Cambridge, MA; and Charlotte, NC. In Detroit, GSA’s purchase of a commercial building in the city center for $1 and subsequent investment of more than $70 million is expected to be a catalyst for Detroit economic development.

The building in question is located at 985 Michigan Ave, constructed in 1995 under a build-to-suit lease and occupied by the IRS. The GSA executed an existing purchase option in the lease, resulting in a transfer of ownership of the building for $1 occurring earlier this year in April.

The idea was to save the federal government $11 million in annual lease costs, spend over $74.9 million to renovate and extend the useful life of the building, and then consolidate multiple federal agencies from other leased locations within Detroit.

So now the building will house not only the IRS, but also consolidate the offices of several other federal agencies including the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Labor, State Department, U.S. Air Force Reserves, U.S. Office of Special Counsel, Social Security Administration, and GSA itself.

The investment and the hundreds of federal employees that will be housed in the building are expected to serve as a catalyst for development opportunity in the city’s center.

Similarly, GSA’s exchange of a 14-acre federally owned site in Cambridge, MA will drive development in one of the most valuable markets in the country. The agency’s build-to-suit lease a short distance away in Chelsea, MA has likewise been a catalyst for the development of hotels and residences.

In Charlotte, NC, GSA’s exchange of a 3.2-acre federally owned site to the city will drive transit-oriented development due to its proximity to a future multi-modal transit station.

Through the Economic Catalyst Initiative, GSA intends to create such economic development opportunities across the country.

Michigan Legislative Action Secures $5 Billion Switch SUPERNAP Data Center Campus

West Michigan is soon likely to be home to a new two million square-foot, $5 billion SUPERNAP data center campus with 1,000 jobs.

Switch SUPERNAP data center campus in Michigan

Switch SUPERNAP data center campus in Michigan (rendering – The Right Place, Inc.)

The Switch project, which is subject to passage of three data center bills currently in the Michigan Legislature, will be the largest data center campus in the eastern U.S. and will be located at the former Steelcase pyramid building in Gaines Township, MI.

Switch Executive Vice President of Strategy Adam Kramer said in a release that they are excited to be working with Governor Snyder, the Michigan Legislature, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and The Right Place, Inc. to bring Switch and its more than 1,000 clients that make up the largest data center ecosystem in the world to Michigan.

“Before Switch can finalize its announcement it will work with the Michigan Legislature to pass new data center legislation that creates an equal playing field between Michigan and its neighboring states,” added Kramer.

The three data center bills (SB 0616 and HB 5075; SB 0617 and HB 5074; and SB 0618 and HB 5076) introduced in the Michigan Legislature are intended to exempt data center projects from general sales tax, use tax and local property taxes respectively.

At full-build out, Switch and its clients are projected to employ 1,000 people to work in the data center campus. Furthermore, the campus will create thousands of well-paid construction jobs over the estimated 10-year build out of the entire project. A vast majority of Switch’s contractors will be hired from the local workforce.

Birgit Klohs, President and CEO of The Right Place, Inc., the regional economic development organization serving West Michigan, said in the release that “I cannot overstate the impact Switch will have on both the greater Grand Rapids area as well as the entire state of Michigan.”

“The unparalleled technology and data infrastructure investments planned by Switch will unleash countless new possibilities for growth in our state. The future of business will be driven by data, and Michigan will be well positioned as a hub of data innovation,” added Klohs.

Switch chose the former Steelcase pyramid building in Gaines Township, MI after substantial consideration in the search for its eastern U.S. data center campus. The seven-story pyramid building has been vacant since 2010.

Switch’s Nevada SUPERNAP Prime data centers are the largest independent tech ecosystems in the world. The company builds its SUPERNAP Prime interactive, super-scale facilities at inland locations that are still within the millisecond protocols needed to safely serve major markets, but without the increased risk of natural disasters associated with coastline locations.

SUPERNAP Las Vegas is 7 milliseconds from Los Angeles and 14 milliseconds from San Francisco. SUPERNAP Tahoe Reno is 6 milliseconds from Silicon Valley and 14 milliseconds from San Diego. The Michigan SUPERNAP Prime will be joining those ranks and share the infrastructure attributes as well as follow the Switch site selection criteria. SUPERNAP Michigan will be 2 milliseconds from Chicago and 14 milliseconds from New York.

UAW-Ford Agreement Includes $9B Investments to Create or Retain 8500 Jobs

The tentative new agreement reached between the UAW and Ford includes new U.S. investments worth $9 billion that are expected to create or retain 8,500 jobs.

Ford Livonia Transmission Plant

Ford Livonia Transmission Plant (photo – Dwight Burdette/wikimedia)

Ford issued a statement in which it says that “Working with our UAW partners, we have reached a tentative agreement for the next four years for our employees and our business. The agreement, if ratified, will help lead the Ford Motor Company, our employees and our communities into the future.”

UAW President Dennis Williams likewise said in a release that “The significant new investments will strengthen job security and job growth over the long-term.”

Ford’s investments will not unsurprisingly be a big driver for Michigan economic development. The biggest of the new investments announced include a $1.8 billion investment at the Livonia Transmission Plant in Livonia, MI.

The Livonia Plant, which produces 4R and 6R transmissions and service components, opened in 1952. The first vehicle to roll out of the plant was the U.S. Army tank. The new investment at LTP will enable continued production of the 6R 80 Transmission, while also adding three new transmissions and gear machining operations to the plant.

The Van Dyke Transmission Plant in Sterling Heights, MI likewise gets $650 million to continue production of existing transmissions and the addition of three new transmissions.

The Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, MI, which produces the Ford Focus, Focus Electric, Focus ST, and C-MAX Hybrid vehicles, is getting a $700 million investment for a new product to be added in 2018. The Woodhaven Hot Metal-Forming Plant in Flat Rock, MI will get $300 million for five new metal-forming lines and new laser cells.

The Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, MI will get a $250 million investment to continue production of the F-150 Truck, and a new Raptor will be added to the plant. Dearborn Stamping/Diversified Production gets $80 million for a new press line, two machining lines and other additions.

The Dearborn Engine Plant will get a $50 million investment to continue engine production with an upgrade. The Ford Romeo Engine Plant in Romeo, MI is likewise getting a $150 million investment to continue engine production with upgrades.

The Ford Rawsonville Plant in Ypsilanti, MI gets $50 million to continue production of existing products. The Ford Sterling Axle Plant in Sterling Heights, MI gets $400 million to continue existing production and addition of new axles.

Detroit Breaks Ground on Transformative Orleans Landing Economic Development Project

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, joined by local business and community leaders, broke ground on the Orleans Landing project.

Orleans Landing

Orleans Landing (photo -hamilton-anderson.com)

This transformative $65 million Detroit economic development project will bring a new neighborhood and mixed-use community to the east riverfront with 278 apartments and 10,500 square feet of retail space.

The residential properties in the development will all be sustainably built to Enterprise Green Community criteria standards. Affordable housing rates will be offered on 20 percent of the available residential units.

The architect for the project was Hamilton Anderson Associates, Inc. working with Urban Design Associates as the master planner.

Mayor Mike Duggan said in a release that Orleans Landing will reactivate a major piece of Detroit’s riverfront and create a new, vibrant community there. “This investment is further proof that, increasingly, people are wanting to live in Detroit and be a part of its ongoing revitalization,” added Mayor Duggan.

Orleans Landing was made possible by a public-private partnership that includes the City of Detroit, the Economic Development Corporation of the City of Detroit, Invest Detroit, Community Capital Equity, LLC, Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan, Gershman Mortgage, Goldman Sachs Social Impact Fund, L.P., The Kresge Foundation, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc.

The project also received state and federal support from the Michigan Strategic Fund, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and through a Wayne County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority EPA Loan.

Michigan Economic Development Corporation Chief Executive Officer Steve Arwood said in the release that this is a transformational project that will create a sense of place and serve as a catalyst to attract additional private investment, jobs, and residents to the city of Detroit.

“Orleans Landing is an example of public-private partnership at its finest, and we’re excited to be a part of it,” added Arwood.

Invest Detroit President and CEO Dave Blaszkiewicz added that they’re proud to be a partner in helping the Orleans Landing development begin construction adding new housing and retail opportunities to nearly eight acres of riverfront property just footsteps from the heart of downtown.

Detroit RiverFront Conservancy President and CEO Mark Wallace noted that their goal from the very beginning was to not only create a beautiful destination for Detroiters and visitors along Detroit’s riverfront, but to also be a catalyst for economic development.

“Orleans Landing is a perfect example of how all of the pieces are coming together to build a more vibrant neighborhood on the east riverfront,” added Wallace.

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