Market Van Buren secures $78K MEDC grant for Mattawan site

    PAW PAW - Market Van Buren announced in a press release this week that Van Buren County has been awarded one of 45 grants from the Michigan Econo-mic Development Corporation (MEDC) to get sites ready for new business attraction.
    Awarded through the new competitive Michigan Build Ready Sites program, the targeted grant program is aimed at boosting Michigan’s inventory of available properties ready to compete for new business.  It is a competitive process that awarded $3.3 million across Michigan and $78,000 to Van Buren County.
    The particular site to be funded is in Mattawan and will focus on attracting and growing companies within the Life Sciences industry cluster. Industry clustering can increase a community’s chances of attracting and growing those targeted companies, according to Market Van Buren Executive Director Zachary Morris.
     “One of the seven key strategies put forward by the Market Van Buren board is to make sure our industrial sites are ready to go,” said Morris.  “It was a collaborative effort of Mar-ket Van Buren, Van Buren County, Village of Matta-wan, Kinexus Group and others. We are proud of to be one of the recipients of funding. “Life Sciences companies offer everyone in the community an opportunity to prosper. People with low educational attainment all the way to PHD’s can be found in this industry,” added Morris. “This is an especially important strategy, given the impending closure of the Palisades nuclear plant which also has many high-paying jobs in the community.”
     The Market Van Buren board, made up of public and private sector leaders from throughout the county, has set an objective of preparing the community for future growth. This includes making sure it has vetted industrial sites, communities ready to embrace people and business growth, and the talent who can help the companies grow.
     “With the strategic oversight of the Market Van Buren Board of Directors, this is a huge win for Van Buren County. We’re excited to see these funds create an even more competitive community,” said Morris.
 

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