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Contact:

Kathy Achtenberg, MEDC
517.335.4590
achtenbergk@michigan.org

David Nelson
City of Negaunee
dnelson@cityofnegaunee.com
906.475.7700

Matt Bach
Director of Communications
Michigan Municipal League
734.669.6317; C: 810.874.1073
mbach@mml.org; www.mml.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 2, 2019

Crowdfunding Campaign Launched for VFW Memorial Park in Negaunee

$12,000 goal to win matching grant through MEDC's Public Spaces Community Places initiative

LANSING, Mich. – Downtown Negaunee will become home to a new VFW Memorial Park and restored monument through a crowdfunding campaign, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation , the City of Negaunee, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of Michigan announced today. The campaign is being offered through Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity.

If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $12,000 by April 2, 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: patronicity.com/negauneevfw.

“The memorial park will activate and connect Downtown Negaunee in a respectful way,” said MEDC Senior Vice President of Community Development Katharine Czarnecki. “We are pleased to provide resources for this effort through our Public Spaces Community Places program.”

The campaign will complete the renovation of the VFW monument and create a community plaza in Downtown Negaunee. The area surrounding will be converted to a space that will serve as an area of reflection and a gathering point for community events. This newly created gathering space will include a patio space and was designed in partnership with the VFW, the City of Negaunee, and Local Boy Scout Troop 321.

Local Troop 321 Eagle Scout project leader Nick Mattson said "This park will benefit the community for people who do not know about past conflicts and the sacrifices of the local veterans. For every dollar we fund raise it will be matched by the MEDC and that money will go towards the Memorial. The Boy Scouts and the VFW will be conducting the Fundraising to bring the Memorial back to former glory.”

Planning and Zoning Administrator for the City of Negaunee, David Nelson said, “The City of Negaunee is very excited to help facilitate the partnership with Patronicity, the MEDC, The VFW and the Boy Scouts for such and honorable project"

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 https://patronicity.com/puremichigan.

“Revitalizing public spaces is key to great placemaking,” said Dan Gilmartin, CEO and Executive Director of the Michigan Municipal League. “This project is all the more special because it is paying tribute to the community’s fallen war heroes.”

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 Feb. 14, 2019, MEDC has provided $5,974,441 in matching grants. Since the launch of the program, 193 projects have been successful in reaching their goal, with more than $7 million raised from 36,775 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 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. Join the conversation on: FacebookInstagramLinkedIn, and Twitter.

iMichigan 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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