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Kathy Achtenberg, MEDC
(517) 335-4590
achtenbergk@michigan.org

Michael Wright, Founder
Factory Two
(810) 814-0524
mike@factorytwo.org

Matt Bach
Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317; C: (810) 874-1073
mbach@mml.org; www.mml.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 4, 2017

Crowdfunding Campaign Launched for 'Factory Two: Make the Space' in Flint

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

 

Lansing, Mich. – A much-anticipated makers space will soon be complete in downtown Flint with the help of a new crowdfunding campaign, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Red Ink Flint and Factory Two announced today. The campaign is being offered through Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity.
If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $50,000 by June 5, the project will win a matching grant with funds made possible by MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places program. For project details and to donate, please visit: http://www.patronicity.com/factorytwo.

“This space will further foster the creativity and craftsmanship that already exists within the community of Flint,” said MEDC Vice President of Community Development Katharine Czarnecki. “We are pleased to be able to support the launch of this public maker space.”

Factory Two is the brainchild of Red Ink Flint, a nonprofit organization that has operated a youth arts space in Flint for 32 years. Red Ink Flint realized the potential for creatives of any age to develop their skills into a profession or craft. Factory Two will be Flint’s first community maker space, a place for residents, students, entrepreneurs, artists, small businesses, crafters, and inventors to be productive and collaborate. At Factory Two, people will have access to the equipment, tools and training needed to advance their studies, companies, or careers.

“After attending the Detroit Maker Faire a few years ago I became interested in the maker movement. Visiting places like Mt. Elliott Makerspace in Detroit and Maker Works in Ann Arbor inspired me to start something similar in Flint. We began very small, operating as a free drop-in space two nights a week with limited equipment and an all-volunteer staff,” said Mike Wright, Factory Two Founder. “The opportunity for crowdfunding via the Public Spaces Community Places grant will provide the gap funding to launch Factory Two, a 14,000 square foot community maker space that will serve Flint and Genesee County area residents, students, artists, entrepreneurs, and more.”

Public Spaces Community Places is a collaborative effort of the MEDC, MSHDA, 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 https://patronicity.com/puremichigan.

“The Michigan Municipal League strongly believes in the concept of placemaking and creating places and spaces people will love,” said Dan Gilmartin, CEO and Executive Director of the Michigan Municipal. “It’s especially exciting to see projects like this in Port Austin where they, with the public’s support, will take a vacant lot and transform it into something that people will enjoy for years to come.”

The Public Spaces Community Places initiative started in 2014 with MEDC providing matched funding of up to $50,000 for community improvement projects throughout Michigan. As of April 2, 2017, MEDC has provided $3,475,500 in matching grants. Since the launch of the program, 107 projects have been successful in reaching their goal, with nearly $4.2 million raised from 18,474 individual donors.

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 www.MichiganBusiness.org. For Pure Michigan® tourism information, your trip begins at www.michigan.org. Visit Pure Michigan Talent Connect at www.mitalent.org 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 mbach@mml.org 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 mml.org.

 

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