JACKSON, MI – A total of $ 50,000 has been awarded to small Michigan communities in Oscoda, Livingston and Gratiot counties.
The Consumers Energy Foundation’s Put Your Town on the Map competition pushed small communities of populations of up to 10,000 people to develop project ideas designed to make Michigan’s small communities a better place to live and work, have officials said.
A jury chose the three winning projects on Wednesday April 14.
The three winning projects are:
- First Place for $ 25,000: Comins Township – Funding will be used to create a diverse public plaza designed for community events and tourism promotion.
- Second Place for $ 15,000: Pinckney – The vacant lot will be transformed into an accessible community garden project that will create a public gathering space.
- Third Place for $ 10,000: Alma – The city will use the funds to create usable art spaces and establish an art corridor in the downtown area.
Consumers Energy created the Put Your Town on the Map competition to reward ideas and provide vital funds for projects under development in small towns on Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.
“Small towns and rural towns are an integral part of the fabric that makes up our great state, which is why Consumers Energy is proud to support programs such as the ‘Put Your Town on the Map’ competition to transform and revitalize communities.” , Roger Curtis, said the vice president of public affairs at Consumers Energy. âWe were delighted to receive nearly 100 submissions from across the state for projects that aim to improve communities and engage residents.â
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