The Michigan Main Street 2009-2010 Annual Report is available online. The report covers the major successes of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority’s (MSHDA) Michigan Main Street Program over the 2009-2010 reporting year and since the program’s founding in 2003. You’ll also find an explanation of the program’s “Four-Point Approach” and their “Eight Guiding Principals” to developing strong main street programs in Michigan downtowns.
The report highlights the accomplishments of 13 Michigan downtowns who were “Active Master and Selected Level Communities” in 2009-2010. Read the report to find out what kind of downtown development and community initiatives are happening in “Master Level” communities - Boyne City, Calumet, Clare, Marshall, Niles, and Portland, MI - and “Selected Level” communities - Grand Haven, Howell, Iron Mountain, Manistee, Old Town Lansing, Owosso, and Scottville.
Since 2003, the program has generated $96,329,318 in private and public investment, according to the report. $24,439,644 of that was generated in 2009-2010. 169 new businesses have been created, since 2003, and 62 were created in 2009-2010. 117 existing businesses have been expanded, since 2003, and 30 of those were expanded in 2009-2010.
Read the report or visit the Michigan Main Street Program online to find out more about the services and strategies this statewide program provides to Michigan communities.
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