Strategic Growth Initiative (Michigan)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
|Applies to States or Provinces||Michigan|
|Name||Strategic Growth Initiative (Michigan)|
|Policy Category||Financial Incentive|
|Policy Type||Grant Program|
|Affected Technologies||Biomass/Biogas, Energy Storage, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric (Small), Solar Photovoltaics, Wind energy|
A joint venture between Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), the Strategic Growth Initiative Grant Program was designed to leverage business development and growth for the state's $91.4 billion food and agriculture industry. The grant program aims to remove barriers inhibiting growth in the state's food and agriculture industry, fostering economic opportunities for Michigan-based food processors, agribusiness and those involved in agricultural production.
The initiative stems from Gov. Rick Snyder's 2011 summit on production agriculture, and recommendations from a legislative committee tasked with fostering growth in farm processing. At that time the governor announced his goal of seeing the sector's annual economic impact grow beyond the $100 billion mark.
To achieve that goal, more than 30 farm commodity organizations, processor groups and MFB collaborated in designing the Strategic Growth Initiative to maximize industry expansion, create jobs and explore new processing opportunities. MDARD and MEDC will coordinate and cooperate with universities and research organizations to bring the latest technology and information to improve Michigan's food and farm sector.
Grant applications will be evaluated through a competitive scoring process. Applicants will be asked to describe how their project potentially impacts and produces measurable outcomes for the food and agriculture industry and/or the public—rather than a single organization, institution or individual. Applications must be received by 3 p.m. Oct. 2, 2013.
|Contact Name||Bob Boehm|
|Department||Michigan Farm Bureau|
|Division||Commodity and Marketing|
|Address||7373 W. Saginaw Hwy|
|Phone||517-323-7000 ext. 2023|