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Kathy Achtenberg, MEDC
(517) 335-4590

Elizabeth Renaud, Project Manager
City of Marshall
(269) 781-3985

Matt Bach
Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317; C: (810) 874-1073;


Crowdfunding Campaign Launched for the 'Grand Street Park' Project

$50,000 goal to win matching grant through MEDC's Public Spaces Community Places initiative


LANSING, Mich. – A vacant parcel in downtown Marshall will soon be transformed into a community-designed park with the help of a new crowdfunding campaign, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and city of Marshall announced today. The crowdfunding campaign is being run through Michigan-based platform Patronicity.

“Development projects that are not only requested by residents but designed collectively result in valued and well used places,” said MEDC Vice President of Community Development Katharine Czarnecki. “We are pleased to partner on and provide resources to Grand Street Park through the Public Spaces Community Places program.”

If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $50,000 by March 1, the project will earn a matching grant with funds made possible by MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places program. For project details and to donate, please visit:

Grand Street Park was born after several community design sessions. The city then formed a committee to finalize the park plan utilizing all of the community's designs. The park will be a vibrant and community-based space that will draw more people into the downtown area, positively impacting Marshall’s downtown both financially and in terms of the community’s well-being, Marshall Mayor Jack Reed said.

“This grant will match the funds we raise through our crowdfunding campaign to enable us to create Grand Street Park in our community. Grand Street Park will add an attraction to the west end of downtown, sitting in between the Brooks Memorial Fountain and our many downtown shops and businesses,” Reed said. “The people of Marshall came forward in a community design charrette and voted on design ideas for the park, which was then finalized by a committee made up of representatives in our community. This is a process that works for a small town with caring citizens like Marshall. It is a testament to our way of life that this project is community-backed throughout the entire process.”

Public Spaces Community Places is a collaborative effort of the MEDC, the Michigan Municipal League, and Patronicity in which local residents can use crowdfunding to be part of the development of strategic projects in their communities and be backed with a matching grant from MEDC. Communities, nonprofits and other business entities can apply at

“The Michigan Municipal League supports the concept of placemaking and creating vibrant spaces,” said Dan Gilmartin, League CEO and executive director. “A vacant lot to placemaking is like a blank canvas to an artist. The potential is unlimited. If this crowdfunding effort is successful, this new park can become a draw for the area and a source of pride for the Marshall area community for years to come.”

Michigan ranks No. 1 in the nation in the number of crowdfunding partnerships and the amount raised (and matched) for community-based projects. Since the launch of the PSCP program in June 2014, 99 projects have been completed, with more than $3.8 million raised from 17,463 individual donors. MEDC has provided matching grants totaling $3.8 million.

About Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business development, job awareness and community and talent development with the focus on growing Michigan’s economy. For more information on the MEDC and our initiatives, visit For Pure Michigan® tourism information, your trip begins at Visit Pure Michigan Talent Connect at for more information on Michigan’s online marketplace for connecting job seekers and employers. Join the conversation on: FacebookInstagramLinkedIn, and Twitter.

For additional information, contact Matt Bach, director of media relations for the Michigan Municipal League, at and (810) 874-1073.

Michigan Municipal League is dedicated to making Michigan’s communities better by thoughtfully innovating programs, energetically connecting ideas and people, actively serving members with resources and services, and passionately inspiring positive change for Michigan’s greatest centers of potential: its communities. The League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington, D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services. Learn more at





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