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Kathy Achtenberg, MEDC
(517) 335-4590

Laura Scaccia
Chairperson - River Rec Teen Zone
(248) 631-6805

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


Crowdfunding Campaign Launched for "River Rec Teen Zone" Project in Marine City

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

LANSING, Mich. –Marine City will transform an underused space in the historic city hall into a teen center with the help of a new crowdfunding campaign, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and River Rec Teen Zone, Inc. (RRTZ) announced today. The campaign is being offered through Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity.

If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $30,000 by March 23, 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:

“This development will create the leaders of tomorrow and build civic engagement within Marine City,” said MEDC Senior Vice President of Community Development Katharine Czarnecki. “The Public Spaces Community Places program is pleased to provide resources for and serve as a partner in this effort.”

Funding raised during this campaign will provide a much needed and anticipated home for the River Rec Teen Zone (RRTZ) in Marine City. The space will provide local youth and the general community with a safe, inclusive environment that offers life enriching programs with a focus on teen driven spaces and programs. The space will include a multitude of zones: a Zen Space, Tech Zone, Gaming Area, Café, Community Resources and Connections Area, Chill Zone, Art Zone, and a Physical Fitness area. Through RRTZ, and with the aid of mentors, teens will cultivate skills that will empower them to become leaders in their community.

“"River Rec Teen Zone (RRTZ) is more than just a project, it is a way for the youth in our area to feel included and relevant. Once established, this organization will allow our teens to be mentored by local business leaders which will help retain their talent in our community,” said Erika DeLange, executive director for the Marine City Area Chamber of Commerce. “It also allows them access to a safe place so they can stay away from negative influences. It’s a win/win for everyone! The matching funds from the Public Spaces Community Places program will help establish a location in which RRTZ can thrive."

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

“Educating and mentoring our youth is vital to the success of communities,” said Dan Gilmartin, CEO and executive director of the Michigan Municipal League. “The River Rec Teen Zone will provide a safe place for Marine City teens to develop their skills and feel like an important part of their community 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 October 31, 2017, MEDC has provided $4,117,333 in matching grants. Since the launch of the program, 143 projects have been successful in reaching their goal, with nearly $5 million raised from 25,980 individual donors.

About Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
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