FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 6, 2022
Gov. Whitmer Announces New Investment to Support 50 Jobs in Tourism Industry in Manistee
LANSING, Mich. – Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the city of Manistee has been awarded $850,000 to boost tourism by upgrading the city’s downtown riverwalk along the Manistee River as part of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant program. The project is expected to support a total of 50 jobs in the area.
“This investment to upgrade Manistee’s downtown riverwalk will support the local economy and create or retain 50 good-paying jobs,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “In the last year, we have worked across the aisle in Michigan to make the largest one-time investment in state and local parks in Michigan history, supporting local tourism and recreation driven economies across our great state. Today’s Michigan’s economy is growing, with low unemployment, 133,000 jobs added in the last year, and transformational projects bringing billions in investment and creating thousands of jobs. I will work with anyone to keep moving Michigan forward.”
“Investing in infrastructure is critical to Michigan’s economy,” said Senator Gary Peters. “This grant will help the City of Manistee make needed upgrades to the Riverwalk that are important not only for safety but attracting visitors and spurring economic growth.”
This project will provide safety upgrades and improve access and walkability on the south riverwalk bringing new visitors to the region and stimulating business and job growth. The EDA investment will be matched with $240,000 in local funds and is expected to create or retain nearly 50 jobs and generate $178,500 in private investment, according …