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City wins $2.1M federal grant

January 19, 2018
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A city in the region has a received a $2.1-million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration.

The investment will support the construction of municipal water distribution system improvements in Coopersville that will increase the city’s supply and reliability of water service.

The project is expected to facilitate the creation of 70 jobs and generate $54 million in private investment, according to grantee estimates.

The water infrastructure improvements are required to support the area’s developing dairy processing industry and manufacturing businesses. 

There are five components of the project:

  • A second river crossing at 68th Avenue
  • Booster station improvements at 60th Avenue
  • Roundabout water main replacement at 68th Avenue and Randal Street
  • 60th Avenue and River Street water transmission main bypass under I-96 
  • Lincoln street water transmission main

The two biggest components of the project are the booster station improvements, which will give the city the ability to send through more than 1-million gallons of water per day, and the second river crossing, which is important, because there is currently only one, which would be troublesome if it were to need repairs.

The two dairy suppliers that use the most water in Coopersville, according to Jonathan Seyfert, assistant city manager, are Continental Dairy Facilities and Fairlife. He said the water system improvements will allow those companies to grow.

This project was made possible by the regional planning efforts led by the West Michigan Regional Planning Commission.

The federal EDA funds the commission to bring together the public and private sectors to create an economic development road map to strengthen the regional economy, support private capital investment and create jobs.

“This is something the city has been talking about for a long time, and we’re grateful to the EDA that they saw this project has value,” Seyfert said. “We think it’ll be great not just for the commercial sector in the city, but also for the residents as well.”

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