LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn applauded Thursday’s announcement that the city of Adrian has been selected by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) as a participant in the Michigan Main Street Program.
As part of the program, Adrian will receive five years of intensive technical assistance from MEDC with a focus on revitalization strategies designed to attract new residents, business investments, economic growth and job creation to the city’s central business district.
“Revitalizing our downtowns is about helping restore the heart of our communities,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “I applaud local leaders in Adrian for earning this selection to the proven Michigan Main Street Program, which will help strengthen their ability to create a thriving downtown that attracts new investment, opportunities and talent to Adrian. As a result, this can help improve the local economy and the quality of life for area families.”
The Michigan Main Street Program aims to create communities distinguished by a “sense of place.” A range of studies show that investing in creating a sense of place is an integral part of developing vibrant downtowns and commercial districts, thereby making the state economically stronger and culturally diverse.
Adrian and the other 2021 selections of Coldwater and Rogers City join 24 communities — including Blissfield and Milan — already benefiting from participation in the program.
Over the past year, Michigan Main Street communities generated more than $26 million in private investment, 127 new businesses, and 143 façade improvements and building rehabilitations.
Since its inception in 2003, the Michigan Main Street Program has been a catalyst for job growth, private investment and community engagement. From 2003 through 2019, over 1,600 businesses have been launched with a total private investment of $346 million.
For further information on the program, visit www.michiganmainstreetcenter.org.