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The Jackson Technology Park North site, on County Farm Road in Blackman Township, north of Chemetall and Technique.  JTV file photo.

(April 8, 2021 5:25 PM) Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $6 million CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to Jackson County for infrastructure improvements at Jackson Technology Park North (JTPN) in Blackman Township.  Raimondo also announced a $3 million CARES grant for Oakland County to assist small businesses with a revolving loan fund.

“The Biden Administration is committed to helping Michigan’s economy recover from the challenges of the pandemic,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. “These EDA investments give small businesses access to capital to keep the doors open in Oakland County, while also paving roads for business expansion in Jackson County for the future.”

For Jackson County, the $6 million CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant will be used to complete road, sidewalk, water, and sewer infrastructure improvements at the Jackson Technology Park North in Blackman Township. The improvements will create shovel-ready sites for industrial development. The project, to be matched with $1.5 million in local funds, is expected to create 40 jobs, retain 136 jobs and generate $4 million in private investment.

Tim Rogers, President of the Enterprise Group of Jackson (EG)  said the EG has been working on developing this new industrial park for the past two years.  Rogers has said one of Jackson County’s biggest challenges in attracting investment is the lack of shovel-ready land for development.

“This $5.9 million EDA grant, along with $1.5 million from Blackman Township, will provide the infrastructure for a shovel-ready industrial park to meet the needs of new and expanding manufacturers in Jackson County. The new park will provide for technology-based manufacturing jobs for the people in and around Jackson County,” said Rogers.

Rogers said The Enterprise Group has teamed with Blackman Township, its Local Development Finance Authority, and the Jackson County Department of Transportation on the expansion of the park, located on farmland north of Chemetall and Technique on County Farm Road in Blackman Township.

 “We are grateful to Secretary Raimondo and our partners in the Biden White House for investing in Michigan and helping us continue to rebuild our economy,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “This $9 million investment into projects in Jackson and Oakland Counties will create hundreds of jobs and improve infrastructure that people depend on day to day. It is an example of an effective partnership between Michigan and the federal government that makes a difference in people’s lives right now.”

“Too many of our small businesses are still struggling to keep their lights on, and too many of our communities continue to face serious budget challenges because of the pandemic,” said Senator Stabenow. “Now more Oakland County small businesses will be able to keep their doors open, and Jackson County will be able to make additional investments in essential community services.”

“We need to do everything we can to support communities across Michigan as they rebuild from this pandemic,” said Senator Gary Peters, a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. “I’m proud that the CARES Act that I helped pass is continuing to provide resources that will support small businesses in Oakland County, improve local infrastructure in Jackson County, and create new jobs.”

“I am encouraged that the CARES Act continues to make a positive impact in Michigan’s 7th District,” said Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07). “These federal resources will help strengthen Jackson County’s infrastructure and lead to greater job growth and economic activity in our community.” 

These project are funded under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (Public Law 116-136), which provided EDA with $1.5 billion for economic assistance programs to help communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.

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