Gov. Rick Snyder: Stronger communities mean a stronger Michigan

Hamtramck selected as second-round community in state’s Rising Tide program

Friday, April 13, 2018

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. – When Michigan’s small communities are provided the tools and resources needed to thrive, the entire state thrives, Gov. Rick Snyder said as he joined state and local leaders for a roundtable discussion today about the city of Hamtramck’s challenges and opportunities as it begins its partnership with Project Rising Tide.

“Project Rising Tide is about providing communities like Hamtramck with the tools, resources, and guidance needed to strengthen their economic development, community development and talent development efforts,” Gov. Rick Snyder said. “It’s also about making sure our state’s smaller communities have an opportunity to grow and thrive, to play a key part in Michigan’s comeback story.”

Hamtramck is the fourth community to join the second round of the state’s program designed to help communities help themselves. It joins Albion, Eaton Rapids and West Branch, and will soon be tapping expertise from the state and guidance from its neighboring community and Rising Tide mentor, River Rouge.

“Hamtramck is already on the right path,” Talent and Economic Development Director Roger Curtis said. “With strong community assets, great diversity, and the resources to help guide them, Hamtramck will undoubtedly be very successful in building a bright future for its residents, the region and the state.”

Launched in 2015, Project Rising Tide started with one community from each of the state’s prosperity regions. Led by the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development, the program connects communities with technical assistance from the department’s agencies, including the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and the Talent Investment Agency.

“Project Rising Tide is designed to get everyone together at the table to address the challenges that stand between where the community has been and where it wants to go,” Curtis added. “And once we have identified those barriers and get local leaders rowing in the same direction, the community will move further, faster – eliminating the barriers and growing their economy and region in the process.”

Second-round communities were selected based on four criteria, including unemployment rate, labor participation rate, vacancy rate and percent of population with a high school degree or less. 

Though struggling with a high poverty rate, the city continues to make great progress after improving its financial stability and regaining full local control of operations and finances last month. Leaders of Hamtramck look forward to continued growth through the help of Project Rising Tide.

“We’ve seen this program in action and know the challenge that lies ahead of us – and we’re ready,” Mayor Karen Majewski said. “We have a diverse group of strong community leaders and advocates that are ready to roll up our sleeves. It’s time to get to work. We’re all in.”

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