Zorn applauds grant for Adrian-Tecumseh SmartZone

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Dale Zorn announced on Tuesday that the Adrian-Tecumseh SmartZone is one of 45 sites to be awarded a grant through the new competitive Michigan Build Ready Sites Program.

Grants from the targeted program are aimed at increasing the number of business-ready properties in the state.

“This program is designed to help local communities in our state compete for new business investment and jobs,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “I applaud the Adrian-Tecumseh SmartZone board and all its community partners for working together to earn this grant to help boost the area’s efforts to bring more entrepreneurship and opportunities to Lenawee County.”

The Adrian-Tecumseh SmartZone will receive an $80,000 grant for a site feasibility study, talent profile, marketing materials and a website.

A key component of the Michigan Build Ready Sites Program is the establishment of vetted site standards, a voluntary resource that provides a critical roadmap to helping Michigan sites achieve “shovel ready” status. These standards include appropriate planning and zoning, boundary survey, and proper soil and environmental conditions.

Local and regional economic development or community partners had until June 1 to submit applications that demonstrated a plan and pathway to a vetted site.

Grant funds under the program could be used for activities including site development studies or site material development, site implementation or land assembly activities, and more.