A grant that the Michigan Port Collaborative applied for through the city of Alpena has been approved. The grant will help perform a “full spectrum” economic impact study of Michigan ports.
The MPC has been involved in representing ports for over a decade on issues that are critical to the economic success of all ports. Vice Chairman of the MPC board, Don Gilmet, says this is a good thing for our city– allowing us to place a value on the things that people come from all over to witness.
“So for the city of Alpena it’s a good thing because its going to be able to show the value of that river and that glass bottom dive boat and having a boat harbor and a marina and having the ships come in that people like to go watch the ships when they unload salt in the river for example,” said Gilmet. “We’ll be able to capture a lot of that.”
The grant is for a little more than $42,000 and requires a match around $21,000 from the city. The city is pitching in $1,000 toward that goal.
The study would begin this fall, but first the mpc must raise the matching funds to receive the grant. For more information or to donate toward the study, contact Don Gilmet at 989–354–1761.