Grand Haven gets new tag

January 24, 2011
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Gary Heidel, executive director of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority announced that 10 communities have been recognized as Nationally Accredited Main Street communities by the National Trust Main Street Center and the Michigan Main Street Center @ MSHDA. Those recognized are Owosso, Scottville, Old Town Lansing, Iron Mountain, Portland, Boyne City, Calumet, Grand Haven, Clare and Niles.

Grand Haven joins the other five accredited communities who have been at the Master Level of the Michigan Main Street program.

According to a news release, The Michigan Main Street Center “is part of MSHDA’s effort to create vibrant communities across the state. Numerous recent studies show that investing in our downtowns creates vibrant centers where people want to live, work and invest.”

“The Michigan Main Street Program provides communities with the tools needed to develop into thriving districts,” said Heidel. “These tools can be used to create jobs, attract and retain residents and investment while building a sense of place in Michigan communities.”

Each of the Michigan Main Street Selected Level communities is evaluated annually using a year-end evaluation process and accreditation criteria intended to assist each community in performing up to National Accreditation standards as prescribed by the National Trust Main Street Center.

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