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Granholm Applauds Decision Awarding Michigan $30 Million in Federal Workforce Innovation GrantsContact: Heidi Watson 517-335-6397
February 1, 2006
Mid-Michigan, West Michigan among 13 Recipients Nationwide
LANSING – Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today applauded a decision to award Michigan two $15 million grants under the highly competitive Workforce Innovation for Regional Economic Development (WIRED) Program. Granholm submitted the applications on behalf of Michigan communities. Michigan is the only state in the nation to receive two of the grants awarded under the U.S. Department of Labor Initiative.
Michigan’s two winning proposals are:
• Mid Michigan Innovation Alliance, a region that includes 13 counties incorporating Flint, Lansing and Saginaw. The proposal was developed under the leadership of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Genesee County Economic Development Agency, and Michigan State University. A key element of the Mid Michigan proposal is to refocus automotive supplier firms once tied to GM to emerging and growing manufacturing markets as well as the development of an alternative energy sector. This proposal builds on the strong automotive, educational and philanthropic assets of the region.
• West Michigan Workforce Innovations Lab, a seven county region anchored by Grand Rapids and led by the West Michigan Strategic Alliance at Grand Valley State University. The West Michigan proposal centers on an “innovations lab” designed to advance and spawn a wide range of innovations in its regional workforce development system focusing on four areas of innovation.
Each of these regions will receive approximately $15 million over the next three years as well as ongoing technical assistance from leaders of innovation and regional economic growth.
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