Granholm Administration Helping Small Michigan Manufacturers Diversify

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Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm, D-Mich., says her administration will make $15 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funds available to small manufacturing companies in Michigan looking to diversify and create jobs in renewable energy through the Michigan Clean Energy Advanced Manufacturing Initiative.

The funds will be awarded through a request for proposals grant process. Applications will be accepted until Aug. 14, 2009. Any for-profit manufacturing business physically located in Michigan with 500 or fewer full-time or equivalent employees is eligible to apply. A business that relocates to Michigan by the time of the award also will be considered eligible.

‘We're looking for businesses that can produce renewable energy systems or the components,’ says Stanley Pruss, director of the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth, which will oversee the application process. ‘The projects must be able to be implemented immediately and contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.’

Call (517) 241-6228 for a copy of the grant application or CLICK HERE.

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