Saturday, March 13, 2021

 DDA proposal selected as finalist in ‘Put Your Town on the Map’ contest

A proposal to paint murals on the side of buildings in the Fowlerville commercial district as a way of beautifying the area and also drawing visitors to the community has been selected as one of ten finalists in the ‘Put Your Town on the Map!’ Contest that is sponsored by Consumers Energy.

The contest is limited to small towns with a populationup to 10,000.

A total of $50,000 in grants is being given out by the public utility company: $25,000, $15,000, and $10,000 respectively.

The proposal had been previously presented to the Fowlerville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) as a possibly project by Connie Shear. She is the Handy Township treasurer and represents that municipality on the DDA board.

Shear had learned of murals that were painted on commercial buildings in the City of Jackson and have become a tourist attraction. She felt that doing something similar in Fowlerville would help enhance the community.

Shear subsequently entered the Consumers Energy contest.

The ten finalists will make their presentations at the Small Town and Rural Development Conference, held virtually on April 13-14, with the three winners then being named

“The Put Your Town on the Map competition aims to reward innovative ideas that attract visitors to downtowns, focus on housing, education or employment, create community pride and more,” said Roger Curtis, Consumers Energy’s vice president of public affairs, adding that “Consumers Energy is committed to ensuring Michigan's communities of all sizes are growing and thriving, and we're excited to provide financial help to turn original ideas into reality."

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