MI New Economy
Governor Whitmer has introduced proposals that support Michiganders getting bachelor's degrees, associates degrees and industry-recognized credentials. These in-demand credentials will support help Michiganders achieve more job opportunities and higher wages over the course of their lives.
The Administration proposes investing $200 million of ARP dollars to expand eligibility for the Futures for Frontliners and Michigan Reconnect grant programs
The Administration proposes investing $15 million to provide additional wraparound services to low-income Reconnectors.
The COVID Class Connect Fund will increase college affordability for Michigan's most underserved students, close equity gaps, reduce student loan debt and support the prosperity of local economies.
The $79 million COVID Near Completers Fund will increase college affordability for Michigan residents, close equity gaps, improve job opportunities, and support the advancement of local economies.
The Talent Fund would use the $100 million investment to expand current program innovations for demand-driven, work-based learning training solutions.
The $70 million investment will enhance community colleges' capacity to improve college completion rates, co-develop curriculum that reflects the needs of Michigan's labor force and invest in data systems.
Governor Whitmer has introduced proposals to provide supports to families through expanded access to affordable, quality childcare and by stabilizing and activating Michigan's nonprofit ecosystem, while also providing different avenues for people to re-enter the labor force into higher-wage jobs through adult education and on-the-job experiences.
Michigan has received $1.4 billion in federal childcare funding. The two new rounds of stimulus were passed through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
The $50 million fund would ask non-profits to submit grant applications to help people under the ALICE threshold.
Providing services to returning citizens can change the trajectory of their lives by reducing recidivism and providing pathways to stable employment.
The Reconnect Everybody In pathway will expand eligibility of the transformational Reconnect program to include adults 18 and over without a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent.
The innovative Education and Employment program, or E2, will support partnerships between state-approved adult education programs and eligible employers to assist adults in furthering their education while working.
Right Skills Now through State Apprenticeship Expansion would amplify Michigan program policy innovations recognized nationally.
Governor Whitmer has proposed the Michigan Mainstreet Initiative which has three programs to provide capital and services support to locally-owned small businesses, the lifeblood of Michigan's communities.
$100 million to help restaurants and other place-based businesses cover costs by providing grants up to $20,000 for mortgage, rent, taxes, payroll and other operating expenses.
$125 million to provide grants for businesses that did not qualify or apply for other incentives, like the federal Paycheck Protection Program.
$75 million to provide grants to startups that can help our communities thrive.
Michigan has three proposals that will support better job creation - one that supports Michigan's transition into the electric vehicle industry, one that invests in shoring up its startup ecosystem and one that builds capacity to attract talent and scales up successful programming to retain STEM talent.
The $40 million EV friendliness investment would ramp up electric vehicle adoption and industry leadership.
Strong Michigan venture firms are a critical factor in the success of Michigan startups. Venture-backed companies create roughly 10% of new jobs nationally.
To address the COVID-amplified challenge of labor force demand-supply mismatches, this investment takes a two-prong approach to attract and retain talent.
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.