Michigan State Government and Public Real Estate News

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the DTE Energy Foundation today announced the award of grants totaling $159,825 to 41 communities in Michigan for local tree-planting projects. Grants awarded under this program will be used to help purchase approximately 2,000 trees of various species and sizes to be planted this fall or next spring
A Chinese bearing manufacturer will invest nearly $26 million to establish a new U.S. headquarters and technical center in Northville Township, creating 125 jobs, Gov. Rick Snyder said Monday after returning from an eight-day investment mission to China
U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced that Kent County will receive $3,987,379 for improvements to Gerald R. Ford International Airport. The funding, which comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), will be used for reconstruction of an existing runway and to expand the existing terminal building to enable more efficient movement of passengers
U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) applauded the announcement by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Head Start to grant Blue Water Community Action (BWCA), $3,134,003 over 5 years to continue Head Start and Early Head Start Programs.
Michigan's U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, both members of the Great Lakes Task Force, today announced that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is awarding $765,605 to fund habitat restoration projects for the Detroit River and Rouge River Areas of Concern (AOC).
Residents in search of walkable and affordable downtown living in Ishpeming will find new options on the upper floors of the former Mather Inn. Twelve affordable rental units will be created using a Community Development Block Grant awarded to Marquette County by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.
Consumers Energy is providing a new, more streamlined bill for its customers, which is being sent by mail and email this week to households and businesses across Michigan. “We want to make it simple for residents and business owners to understand their bills and easily find and use the information they need,” said Garrick Rochow, Consumers Energy’s vice president and chief customer officer.
The City of Jackson and Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will host a public open house to discuss the proposed two-way conversion on I-94 Business Loop (BL), Louis Glick Highway and Washington Avenue, in downtown Jackson. The public is invited to stop by any time during the two-hour meeting to learn more about the proposal and provide comments.
U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced that the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor will receive $3,978,545 for research into the conservation of estuaries and the potential impacts water quality degradation, habitat loss, and climate change may have on estuary ecosystems. The funding comes from the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced the availability of applications for the 2015 DNR Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program. The grants are funded through the U.S. Forest Service’s State and Private Forestry Program.
Consumers Energy is moving forward with plans to add new sources of renewable energy in Michigan, launching its community solar program called Solar Gardens
Consumers Energy today honored Michigan International Speedway for its commitment to renewable energy, naming Michigan’s largest racetrack as its Green Generation Customer of the Year.
The DEQ’s Office of the Great Lakes recently awarded more than $700,000 in grants to support coastal projects in several local communities. The federal grant funds came from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration to provide technical and financial assistance to local units of government for creative coastal projects
The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today approved a settlement agreement authorizing Indiana Michigan Power Company (I & M) to revise its existing cost allocation methods and rate design methods. The proceeding was required under Public Act 169 of 2014.
The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today approved a settlement agreement authorizing Alpena Power Company to implement its renewable energy plan. Because the utility purchases its required renewable energy credits from Consumers Energy Company, which has reduced its renewable energy surcharge to zero, Alpena Power Company will also reduce its monthly surcharge to zero, effective July 1
Snyder signs bill lightening rental property tax burden

Also signs medication price, local government bills

LANSING, Mich. – June 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Gov. Rick Snyder today signed bipartisan legislation lessening property tax obligations for owners of rental properties.

“This bill simplifies the tax code, lightens tax burdens for rental home owners and provides improved customer service to both owners and residents,” Snyder said. more »

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