LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn announced on Friday that the city of Milan has been selected by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) as a participant in the Michigan Main Street program.
With the designation at the Selected Level, Milan receives five years of intensive technical assistance, with a focus on revitalization strategies designed to attract business investment, economic growth and job creation in the city’s central business districts.
“This Michigan Main Street designation is outstanding news for Milan and its residents,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Improving our downtowns is about helping restore the heart of our communities. Being a part of the proven Michigan Main Street program will strengthen the ability of Milan to create a thriving downtown that helps attract job providers and young professionals and enhances the quality of life for its families.”
The Michigan Main Street program aims to create communities distinguished by a “sense of place.” A range of studies show that investing in creating a sense of place is an integral part of developing vibrant city centers and downtowns, and thereby making the state economically stronger.
Milan joins 19 other communities participating in the program at the five-year commitment and beyond, including Blissfield and Saline.
Since its inception in 2003, the Michigan Main Street program has been a catalyst for job growth, private investment and community engagement. It has spurred downtown development, including $200 million investment in buildings, infrastructure and private improvements and $67 of downtown private investment for every $1 of public funds invested.
Milan was selected after the city participated in the Associate Level of Main Street and a competitive application process that considered broad-based community support and historic preservation ethic.
For further information on the program, visit www.michiganmainstreetcenter.org.