Michiganders are known for their fierce pride in what makes their state unique, often using their hand as a frame of reference to share where they grew up, where they went to school or their favorite vacation destination…
This sense of pride manifests in other ways as well, with residents choosing to apply their passion for Michigan by giving back to their communities through crowdfunding projects, community capital investments and reactivating old buildings.
At the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), we strive to encourage these kinds of developments in communities by working with our local partners to create places that foster this sense of pride. With our focus of building vibrant, diverse and resilient spaces where people want to live, work and play, the MEDC is committed to supporting both rural areas and urban cores in making their communities places that people of all ages can enjoy.
This sense of pride and investment was recently showcased by Michigan-native Chris Moore when he returned to his hometown of Vicksburg to create a vibrant space that would attract businesses, community members and tourists alike. Moore is planning to transform an abandoned historic paper mill into an $80 million mixed-use development that will feature a taproom among other attractions like brewing and distilling facilities, museums, music, a hotel, tons of jobs and more with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund.