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Kathy Achtenberg, MEDC
(517) 335-4590

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


Crowdfunding Campaign Launched for the 'Fowler Trailhead Welcome Center'

$30,000 goal to win matching grant through MEDC Public Spaces Community Places initiative


Lansing, Mich. – The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and the Village of Fowler today announced a new crowdfunding campaign through Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity. The campaign will support the project to put the finishing touches on this historically significant gathering place for community members and trail users that will house items from early Fowler and railroad days.

If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $30,000 by July 31st, 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:

“Public Spaces Community Places is a good resource for communities to restore or activate public spaces,” said MEDC Community Development Director Katharine Czarnecki. “We are pleased to be able to partner in this effort to complete the Fowler Welcome Center which will serve as a venue and gathering space for the community.”

The Fowler Trailhead Welcome Center is applying the finishing touches on its replica of the old Train Depot, which is located adjacent to the Fred Meijer C-I-S Trail. It will include exhibits showing the importance of agriculture and the railroad in Fowler’s development. Other elements of this final phase, will include completion of the landscaping, including wayfinding signs, picnic tables, benches, bike racks and repair centers, dog rest area, and other welcoming components to all users of the facility and the adjoining trail. In addition to providing a universally accessible facility and grounds, the historical museum inside the depot will be completed so that nostalgic community members can share their heritage with younger generations and visitors to the Village.

“Preserving history and tradition is an important part of placemaking,” said Dan Gilmartin, CEO and Executive Director of the Michigan Municipal League. “It’s exciting to see Fowler offer trail users a glimpse of the community’s past as they enjoy nature in a modern setting.”

“I am very much a trail lover,” said long-time Fowler Friends Group board member Kathy Simon. “Trail users are certainly more likely to revisit a trail based on their experience on that trail and their impression of the communities along the way.  As a Friends Group and community member, I am extremely excited that the Fowler Trailhead Welcome Center initiative has been approved for the Public Spaces Community Places program and the Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity.  These funds will be used to enhance and complete Fowler’s trailhead, a replica of the original depot, built in 2016 and is sure to provide an opportunity for Fowler to showcase its charm, local businesses, eateries, churches, schools and organizations.”

Public Spaces Community Places is a collaborative effort of the MEDC, the Michigan Municipal League, and Patronicity where 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, non-profits and other business entities can apply at

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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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