Michigan Municipal Leauge Review Magazine March/April 2023
Broadband: • Allocated $250 million in funding to the Michigan Statewide Broadband Service Grant Program to be used to provide competitive broadband infrastructure grants for the provision of broadband service in unserved areas Parks and Recreation: • Allocated $200 million for local parks recreation and trail infrastructure grants, including $65 million for the Spark Grant program to be used for local parks and recreation improvements Census: • Allocated $46 million to be used to make hold harmless payments to cities, villages, and townships that experienced a decline in population according to the 2020 census Betsy Richardson, Capital Office Coordinator Started at MML: 2018 Betsy is responsible for assisting in the day-to-day operation of the Lansing office. Fun Fact: I once received an award for rock climbing. Ok, so maybe the award was given to me because I made it halfway up the climbing route, panicked and had to come back down—but it still counts! Bio: I am one of four siblings, and the only girl. I recently got married and live in East Lansing with my husband Mike. My favorite tv show is The Office —to the point that I had the theme song played at my wedding ceremony. My husband and I love traveling and trying new types of food whenever possible. Favorite Big Ten school: Michigan State University, of course! Jennifer Rigterink, Assistant Director of State & Federal Affairs Started at MML: 2016 Issue Areas: economic development, zoning, and land use Fun Fact: You spend a third of your life sleeping (so your mattress choice is very important!). Bio: I’m a Michigan State University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning. I live in DeWitt with my husband and two children. My husband and I own a small business. On the weekend you’ll usually find me out of town at a kid’s sporting event (volleyball/soccer).
Housing: • Allocated $50 million to the Housing and Community Development Fund within the Michigan State Housing Development Authority to expand access to affordable housing • Allocated $50 million to the Housing and Community Development Fund within Michigan State Housing Development Authority to create a Missing Middle Housing Gap program • Allocated $50 million to the Michigan State Housing Development Authority to incentivize energy efficiency and health improvements for single or multi-family properties
Favorite Big Ten school: Michigan State University. Go Green!
MARCH / APRIL 2023
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