MARQUETTE, Mich., June 11, 2024 — The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) recently announced nine rural development grant winners in Marquette County. These grants support capacity building, workforce training, sustainable business practices and infrastructure in rural areas. Over $500,000 in grant funding for local governments, businesses and nonprofits will go towards projects like planning for bike lanes, developing a campground, improving liquor manufacturing and expanding renewable energy in the area. Following the announcement of the grant winners, state Rep. Jenn Hill (D-Marquette) issued the following statement:

“Reinvesting in the central Upper Peninsula, growing the local economy and promoting our unique way of life is a top priority of mine. Rural development grants from the state will make our region a destination location for people to live, work and play. I’m grateful for these grants and that MDARD sees the potential of local leaders to help residents stay and succeed in the U.P.”