LANSING, Mich., May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Gary Heidel, executive director of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) announced today that six Michigan communities have been selected by MSHDA to take part in the Michigan Main Street Associate Level program. These six communities will receive training over the next year on the basics of the Main Street Four Point Approach ® including organization, promotion, economic restructuring and design. These trainings will be provided by staff from the Michigan Main Street Center and Select and Master Level Main Street communities.
"It is exciting to for us to be working with communities that want to make a difference in their downtowns." Heidel said. "This program is creating opportunities for grass roots efforts to take place where people want to see change happen and create places where people want to come for unique experiences."
The Michigan Main Street program is part of Governor Snyder's placemaking efforts to create vibrant communities across Michigan. These efforts are based on numerous studies showing that investing in placemaking creates vibrant centers and downtowns, making the state economically stronger. The six communities to receive the Michigan Main Street Associate Level designation are:
- City of Burton
- City of Davison
- City of Essexville
- City of Lake City
- City of Marine City
- City of Otsego
Communities wishing to become a Michigan Main Street Community or to request information regarding the Michigan Main Street Associate Level program are asked to contact Laura Krizov at (517) 241-4237.
The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) provides financial and technical assistance through public and private partnerships to create and preserve decent, affordable housing for low- and moderate-income residents and to engage in community economic development activities to revitalize urban and rural communities.*
*MSHDA's loans and operating expenses are financed through the sale of tax-exempt and taxable bonds as well as notes to private investors, not from state tax revenues. Proceeds are loaned at below-market interest rates to developers of rental housing, and help fund mortgages and home improvement loans. MSHDA also administers several federal housing programs. For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/mshda
SOURCE Michigan State Housing Development Authority