Gov. Rick Snyder: Regionalism an important part of growing, thriving communities

Friday, Aug. 24, 2018

Beaverton, Gladwin to pilot new approach to Project Rising Tide together

GLADWIN, Mich. – The state’s program designed to spur economic growth and development in smaller communities will assist two Northern Michigan towns in growing and thriving together, Gov. Rick Snyder said today during a roundtable discussion with state and local leaders. The groups gathered to discuss challenges and opportunities in Beaverton and Gladwin as both communities embark on their journey with Michigan’s Project Rising Tide.

“This program is about breaking down silos and bringing communities together to help move the region and state forward,” Snyder said. “Collaboration is key in today’s 21st century global economy. We must embrace what makes our cities and towns unique and leverage the strengths of our neighboring communities to move regions forward. That’s why we are piloting this new approach with two communities who can learn a lot from one another, but also help one another to establish long-term, sustainable changes that lead to a more vibrant region and stronger state.”

Gladwin and Beaverton are two of the nine communities identified for the second round of Project Rising Tide. They join Adrian, Albion, Eaton Rapids, Hamtramck, Manistee, Ontonagon and West Branch and will gain guidance from round-one graduate Harrison as they chart their course with the program.

“Beaverton and Gladwin both have strong community leaders,” Talent and Economic Development Department of Michigan Director Roger Curtis said. “Project Rising Tide is about bringing all those leaders together to affect meaningful and lasting changes. With two neighboring communities setting sail with this program, we hope these leaders will work together to create a strong region ready for businesses and residents to call home.”

With a combined population of nearly 3,000 residents, the two communities have a great opportunity to improve the lives of many with the economic and community development strategies this program can help area leaders develop.

Project Rising Tide kicked off in 2015 and started with one community from each of the state’s prosperity regions. Led by the Talent and Economic Development Department of Michigan, the program connects communities with technical assistance and expertise from the department’s agencies: Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Michigan State Housing Development Authority and Talent Investment Agency.

 “We’re excited to be part of this program that will provide much-needed help to move our community and region forward,” City of Beaverton Mayor Ray Nau said. “But more importantly, we are excited to begin this journey with our neighbors eight miles to the north. Together, we can better leverage our strengths to combat our weaknesses, creating a stronger economy that says we’re open for business.”

“It’s true that a rising tide lifts all boats,” City of Gladwin Mayor Dee Jungman said. “We know this won’t be easy, but we’re ready to get to work. And we’re excited to see our partners in Beaverton rise with us.”