Gov. Rick Snyder to Harrison leaders: Keep your foot on the gas

Harrison marks the fifth community to graduate from state’s Rising Tide program, steps into mentorship role for future Rising Tide communities in the regio

Thursday, May 24, 2018

HARRISON, Mich. – Strong communities are formed through strong collaboration Gov. Rick Snyder said Thursday celebrating the fifth city to graduate from the state’s program to guide communities on a path to continued economic success.

Project Rising Tide set a goal of helping communities through technical assistance from the state and promoting collaboration among local leaders. And today, not only does Harrison have the tools, resources and collaborative spirit needed to ensure long-term success, it has the ability to help future rising tide communities around the region chart their course, too.

“A graduation isn’t just about celebrating the completion of something. It’s about looking toward the future and how we can continue to improve ourselves in the process,” Snyder said. “Now is not the time to become complacent or take our foot off the gas, and the leaders in Harrison understand that.” 

Led by the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development, Project Rising Tide taps expertise from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and the Talent Investment Agency.

Harrison is one of 10 communities selected in the inaugural class of the program that kicked off in September 2015. Through the program, Harrison received technical assistance with creating a long-term master plan, updating its zoning ordinance, establishing a parks and recreation plan and refreshing its community brand.

“Harrison has long been a summer destination for Michiganders and tourists,” Talent and Economic Development Director Roger Curtis said. “But the community is much more than that. And now its leaders have the tools and resources needed to deliver on a brighter economic future.”

Since starting its journey with Project Rising Tide, Harrison has seen three new developments begin, including a new senior living facility and a community gathering space dubbed Town Square. The community has also attracted seven new businesses and is in the middle of three building renovations and expansions.

“The new developments and businesses locating in the town paint a clear message for all: We’re open for business,” Mayor Stacy Stocking said. “Project Rising Tide has done a lot for our community, and we’re excited to see what it will do for future program participants in our region and state.”

Harrison joins Charlotte, River Rouge, Grayling and Paw Paw as graduates and will transition to a mentorship role for future program participants, providing support and guidance to other Project Rising Tide communities in the region.