Community & Economic Development
Community & Economic Development
Dan Massy, Community Development Coordinator
301 W. Upton
Reed City, MI 49677
The Community & Economic Development office is responsible for both community and economic development programs.
$100 Million in Small Business Grants Available for COVID-19 Recovery Efforts through the Michigan Small Business Restart Program
The State of Michigan has appropriated $100 million of federal CARES Act funding to implement the Michigan Small Business Restart Program. Grants of up to $20,000 will support Michigan’s small businesses that are reopening and have experienced a loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Funding is being distributed to 15 local or nonprofit economic development organizations (EDOs) covering all 83 counties in the state. Osceola County is working in cooperation with The Right Place which is the EDO for our region.
Applications were available starting July 15, 2020 and the deadline to submit is August 5, 2020. Grants WILL NOT be awarded on a first come, first served basis.
To qualify for grant support a business or nonprofit must have 50 or fewer employees, worldwide, and be located in Michigan. Businesses must also meet the following criteria:
- Is a business or nonprofit that can demonstrate it is affected by the COVID-19 emergency.
- Needs working capital to support eligible expenses such as payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses or other similar expenses.
- Demonstrates an income loss as result of the COVID-19 emergency.
- Has not received a grant through the Michigan Strategic Fund’s Michigan Small Business Relief Program. Businesses who have received support through other COVID-19 relief programs, including the Michigan Small Business Relief Program loans, are eligible to apply for Restart grants.
Additionally, at least 30 percent of the funds awarded under the program must be provided to women-owned, minority-owned or veteran-owned eligible businesses. The MEDC anticipates that more than 5,000 businesses across the state will benefit from this program.
Grant awards will be determined by a review committee comprised of individuals representing both the public and private sector and different locations around the county.
Osceola County Small Business RESTART Review Committee:
Alan Bengry; President, Evart Downtown Development Authority
David Eggle; Supervisor, Sherman Township
Chris Ems; Executive Director; Reed City Chamber of Commerce
Sherry Jackson; C. Jackson Electric & Automation
Dan Massy; Coordinator, Osceola County Community Development Office
Ted Parkhurst, Parkhurst Brothers Publishers
Pamela Shinn; Member, Osceola County Planning Commission
The Review Committee is tentatively scheduled to score applications and make recommendations at their August 11th meeting.
How to Apply
The application period opened on July 15, 2020 and runs through August 5, 2020. Eligible businesses and nonprofits can apply for up to $20,000 in grant funding. There is a single, statewide application used to apply for the Michigan Small Business Restart Program. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation has established a portal for submitting the application. Any business that wishes to apply must use the application and go through the portal.
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Community Development Activities
- Develop and maintain a County Profile. Upon request, provide detailed data.
Develop and maintain the County website.
- Serve as the Recording Secretary for the Osceola County Planning Commission. Schedule meetings, research topics, develop agendas, draft minutes, draft correspondence, and maintain Osceola County's Future Land Use Plan.
- Serve as the Coordinator for the Osceola County Solid Waste Committee.
- Serve as the facilitator for Osceola County's broadband expansion initiative. Work with Connect Michigan, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and others to increase broadband availability, access, and use throughout the County.
- Serve as the Coordinator for the Osceola County Land Bank Authority. Schedule meetings, develop agendas, draft minutes, draft correspondence, and work projects.
- Write grants on behalf of Osceola County and local units of government within the County.
- Serve as the Local Administrator for the Osceola County Home Repair Program. Work with the Third Party Administrator to schedule meetings, develop agendas, draft minutes, draft correspondence, and perform grant management functions.
- Serve as a representative to the West Michigan Regional Planning Commission (WMRPC), the WMRPC's Comprehensive Economic Development Committee, and the Michigan Works West Central, Work Force Development Board.
- Maintain, in conjunction with the Parks Department, the County's Five-Year Recreation Plan.
- Work special projects.
Serve as a point of contact for business related questions and issues.
- Provide assistance to small businesses.
- Conduct a Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E) program.
- Develop and maintain a County Manufacturers Directory.
- Work special projects; Brownfield Redevelopment, Opportunity Zones, or other projects as opportunities arise.