Ypsilanti DDA seeks more benefits from Michigan Main Street program
The Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority voted Thursday to maintain its associate-level membership with the Michigan Main Street Center program, the Ypsilanti Courier reported.
The program, which is funded by the state, encourages the economic development and revitalization of the city's downtown, according to the Courier.
Ypsilanti is looking to become a select-level member within the next year to receive more benefits that would allow access to things such as commercial real estate development tools and market analysis.
Ypsilanti isn't the only city in Washtenaw County to participate in the program. After two years of planning and preparation, Saline was accepted into the program this February.
AnnArbor.com reported the Michigan State Housing Development Authority selected Saline for the program, that provides five years of technical assistance focusing on ways to attract businesses and residents to the downtown area.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has supported the program.
"The Michigan Main Street program will help Saline create opportunities for redevelopment, placemaking and economic growth, just as it has in downtowns throughout Michigan," Snyder said at the time.
Saline leaders saw the program as an incentive to potential business owners looking to open in the area and Ypsilanti leaders are hoping for the same.
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