Zorn secures $12M for downtown Adrian improvements

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn on Wednesday supported a $1.1B supplemental funding bill that invests in Michigan’s economy, communities, workforce and students. The measure includes $12 million for the city of Adrian to help transform its downtown and clean up the river.

“This is a huge investment in Lenawee County, and will help Adrian revitalize its downtown, improve outdoor recreation opportunities and protect local water sources,” said Zorn, R-Onsted. “Our downtown areas are the heartbeat of our communities, and this effort will help attract more economic activity and people to downtown Adrian — which benefits everyone in the region.”

Senate Bill 844 features $12 million in grant funding to be used to work with the city of Adrian’s Downtown Development Authority to remove blight; incentivize new residential development; create new parks, open spaces, trails and other public amenities; and provide for river cleanup to improve recreation and drinking water.

“This local funding is part of a larger supplemental investment to use part of our $7 billion surplus to support our economy, create high-wage jobs, make college more affordable for struggling students and ensure our first responders experiencing PTSD or other mental health conditions get the care they need,” Zorn said.

SB 844 directs over $846 million into the Strategic Outreach and Attraction Reserve Fund which was created in 2021 to assist the state in attracting and retaining business and development. That funding includes over $233 million currently in the fund that will lapse at the close of the current fiscal year on Oct. 1.

The bill also includes $7.5 million to ensure access to mental health services for firefighters, police officers, emergency medical services personnel, dispatchers, local correctional officers, and those working on special teams such as internet sex crimes, sexual crimes against children, or traffic fatalities.

SB 842 would invest $12 million to provide literacy tutoring services and outline eligibility for the new $250 million MI Achievement Scholarship created as part of the fiscal year 2023 budget.

The scholarship would cover up to $2,750 per year for three years at a community college; a maximum of $5,500 per year for up to five years at a public university; up to $4,000 per year for five years at an independent or nonprofit college or university; and a maximum of $2,000 per year for up to two years at a qualified occupational training program or private trade school.

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