West Michigan city's $2.9M federal grant for project expected to support 500 food industry jobs

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OCEANA COUNTY, MI — A $2.9 million federal grant is expected to support 500 jobs in the food processing industry of a West Michigan city, Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s office announced Saturday, Sept. 17.

The award to the city of Hart in rural Oceana County is part of a U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration grant program. The funds aim to upgrade local water infrastructure to expand production capacity of the region’s food processing industry, according to a press release.

“Today’s investment in Hart’s water infrastructure will create and retain 500 jobs, spur local small business growth, and build on the recent, bipartisan budget I just signed,” Whitmer said in the Saturday release.

“Investing in our infrastructure is critical to building communities that are conducive to business growth, and today’s grant will make long overdue upgrades that will empower the region’s food processing industry. I will work with anyone to invest in our water infrastructure and grow Michigan’s economy.”

Hart is a small city of roughly 2,000 people. The grant is expected to create a total of 75 jobs, retain 425 jobs, and generate $2 million in private investment according to grantee estimates, the release said.

Officials say this current infrastructure upgrade will expand the capacity of wastewater treatment allowing local fruit and vegetable developers to continue growing Michigan’s economy by supporting good-paying jobs and attracting new businesses to the area.

“This project will help our processors expand their operations and promote new partnerships with farmers to help make our supply chain more resilient,” said U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, said in the news release.

Whitmer said the grant comes as Michigan’s economy is growing, with 133,000 jobs added in the last 12 months and the unemployment rate dropping at a record rate.

As a part of the Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant program, critical infrastructure upgrades in Hart will give the surrounding region a competitive advantage to create new jobs, expand the food processing sector and attract private investment, said Alejandra Castillo, assistant U.S. secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, in the news release.

More information about grant program can be found on the EDA webpage and a full description of the American Rescue Plan Economic Adjustment Program can be found on the grants webpage here.

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