LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Judy Emmons announced Thursday that Harrison has been named as one of 10 communities in Michigan that will participate in a pilot program to work with local leaders as they develop new strategies for economic prosperity and creating more and better jobs.
“We have accomplished much to revitalize the state’s economy and create jobs, and this initiative is about helping position places like Harrison to take advantage of new growth and opportunities,” said Emmons, R-Sheridan. “It’s outstanding news for the people of Harrison and the entire mid-Michigan community. I applaud the state for this new effort to work together with local officials to achieve the common goal of building better, stronger and more vibrant communities.”
Gov. Rick Snyder unveiled the new pilot program, known as Rising Tide, on Monday. It is sponsored by the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development (TED) and will provide communities with tools to design and build a solid planning, zoning and economic development foundation to attract new businesses and help existing employers grow.
Communities were chosen based on a series of economic factors including unemployment rates, poverty levels and labor participation rates. One community in each of the state’s 10 prosperity regions was selected for the program.
Harrison is in Region 5. The other pilot communities include:
• Region 1 – Newberry
• Region 2 – Central Lake
• Region 3 – Grayling
• Region 4 – Evart
• Region 6 – Sandusky
• Region 7 – Charlotte
• Region 8 – Paw Paw
• Region 9 – Hillsdale
• Region 10 – River Rouge
Teams of TED staff from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Talent Investment Agency and Michigan State Housing Development Authority will collaborate with the communities to help shape their future and maximize economic potential.