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Local communities receive grants

State Sen. Kim LaSata on Tuesday applauded four Southwest Michigan communities, including three in St. Joseph County, for being awarded competitive grants through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s “Site Readiness Improvement Program.”

According to MEDC, the grants were awarded through a new “Michigan Build Ready Sites Program,” which aims to boost the state’s inventory of available properties ready to compete for new businesses.

Statewide, 45 industrial sites in 31 counties were awarded $3.3 million in site-readiness grants. The four Southwest Michigan communities include the city of Sturgis, which received $50,800 for environmental and infrastructure engineering assessments at the Stapleton Industrial Park.

In addition, the city of Three Rivers was awarded $100,000 for a mainline fiber extension and connection at Enterprise Industrial Park.

Also, the village of Colon will receive $79,400 to conduct an environmental study, asbestos survey, building code review, structural analysis, ALTA survey and an infrastructure analysis at the former Lamb Knit mill.

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