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Governor Snyder introduces Rising Tide initiative

Governor Snyder introduces Rising Tide initiative

Date: February 24, 2018 |

Ways to give West Branch a boost

Gov. Rick Snyder made a visit to West Branch on Friday, Feb. 16, to introduce his new program, Rising Tide. Approximately 50 people, business owners, government officials, concerned citizens and community leaders, were invited to attend the meeting.

The mission of the Rising Tide initiative is to provide at-risk communities with the tools they need to design and build a successful economic framework. It supports vibrant, thriving communities to attract business investment and talent by creating a sustainable path toward economic stability and growth. The communities develop an Action Strategy, outlining tasks, ownership, and deliverables to take place over the course of 9-12 months.

“How do we make Michigan’s smaller communities great?” said Snyder.

As the saying goes, “a rising tide lifts all boats.” Through the Rising Tide program, the hope is to do just that for local communities, make their economic vision for the future a reality.

Michigan’s Department of Talent and Economic Development (TED) team chose 10 communities for the Rising Tide program to help work on their vision and try to maximize their potential to attract business investment and talent. The 10 pilot communities are supplied with tools to design a successful economic framework. Rising Tide teams work with community leaders to learn their background, history and future goals and look for opportunities for growth.

The teams have been working in the pilot communities across the state for over a year and Snyder has made it a goal to visit all of the participating communities.

During his visit, community leaders cited the trouble the area has with connectivity, particularly with broadband and cell service. Affordable housing, for individuals looking to move to the region for work as new jobs are created, was also a concern that was raised.

“Common sense is a superpower,” said Bob Griffin Jr., Griffin Beverage, one of the attendees.

The other Rising Tide pilot communities include Newberry, Grayling, Evart, Harrison, Sandusky, Charlotte, Paw Paw, Hillsdale, River Rouge and now West Branch. The specific plans for each community vary, but each have the foundation for basic economic development planning.

More work still needs to be done to secure Michigan’s economic future, and Rising Tide can be an economic community catalyst.

“As we work through this it’s going to be a discovery process,” said Snyder.

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