January 16, 2019

West Branch earns Rising Tide designation

Governor hosts kickoff conference


WEST BRANCH — After graduating from Project Rising Tide, the city of Grayling passed the proverbial flame to West Branch during a meeting Feb. 16.

The city of West Branch is the next city to be selected by the economic growth program.

Project Rising Tide is a collaborative program spearheaded by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Talent Investment Agency and Michigan State Housing Development Authority. Collectively the three agencies form the Talent and Economic Development team, effectively known as TED.

According to the Rising Tide website, the TED team has committed its assets to help specific communities in the state to “empower them to shape their future and maximize economic potential.”

The meeting was held at Forward Conference Center, and brought together community leaders and businesses owners, as well as Gov. Rick Snyder and several state organization leaders.

“This isn’t something that is 100 percent turnkey, ‘Here’s your manual,’” MEDC Community Assistance Team member Dan Leonard said during the meeting. “This is something that we are going to craft as we move through this process. It’s a lot about discovery. Especially for us, as we try to bring resources to the table, but also for you.”

Pick up the February 22 issue of the Ogemaw County Herald for the rest of the story.


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