MI New Economy
Michigan's residents deserve to live in vibrant communities with the kinds of services and amenities associated with a high standard of living. The state can continue to create a strong foundation for communities to grow by making historic investments in broadband, housing, and other critical infrastructure.
Safe and affordable housing is critical to ensure the health, safety and well-being of Michigan residents as communities across Michigan are grappling with unique and varied housing needs. While housing challenges existed before the pandemic, COVID-19 has certainly exacerbated them. Knowing that a strong community starts with a family's home, the Governor is creating the state's first housing goal in order to address this challenge that is occurring nationally.
The lack of high-speed internet access can cause too many Michiganders to struggle in their ability to engage in online learning, to use telemedicine to seek needed healthcare, to search for a new job or to take advantage of all the online resources. With high-speed internet becoming a necessity in our educational, professional, and personal lives, every home and business in our state needs access to an affordable, reliable high-speed connection that meets their needs and the skills to use it effectively. A fully connected Michigan is essential for our state to reach its economic potential in the 21st-century global economy.
State housing plan finalized and launched
First 15,000 units built, with a focus on ALICE populations
Plan in place and funds committed to establish access to at least 25/3 Mbps service across the state
Plan to increase adoption in place, with programming designed and ready to deploy
Governor Whitmer has three major proposals that will support community infrastructure investments to support business growth and regional planning and projects that will complement the MI New Economy plan, and increase the return on investment of Michigan's American Rescue Plan dollars overall.
The Regional Resiliency Fund would have two primary purposes.
Governor Whitmer recommends an investment of $100 million to proactively address the impacts being seen in Michigan communities by investing in projects that enable population and tax revenue growth.
The Michigan Large and Strategic Sites Initiative will accelerate Michigan's economic recovery by providing resources for the state and local communities to make crucial investments in sites that will accommodate major expansion opportunities by existing and new employers considering Michigan.
Governor Whitmer has proposed different programs that will lead to more attainable and affordable housing units, and one proposal that will lead to reduced monthly housing costs through smaller energy bills.
This significant $100 million investment will expand access to affordable and attainable housing, help close equity gaps and support the development of vibrant communities.
The Brownfield Bridge Fund awards will provide a benefit equivalent to a performance-based grant to the developer.
Making homes in Michigan healthier, cleaner and more energy-efficient will benefit both individuals and the environment.