Grant will help city upgrade technology for collaboration

Grand Haven is one of 28 Michigan communities that will receive a slice of the state's $5 million Economic Vitality Incentive Program grant.
Alex Doty
Jan 26, 2012

The state recently announced that Grand Haven received a total of $47,499 for information technology and assessing services via inter-local agreements.

“Our application was to upgrade the city’s infrastructure,” said Sam Janson, assistant to the city manager, referencing the proposed computer and network upgrades for the city.

Public Act 63 of 2011 introduced the program to provide incentive-based grants to municipalities that elect to combine government operations.

“This program has and will make a difference in helping partner with local governments on innovative collaborations and best practices, leveraging limited resources,” Gov. Rick Snyder said. “These grants will boost or upgrade service delivery for residents of these communities and help provide cost savings. That’s a win-win.”

The grants are designed to offset the costs associated with mergers, inter-local agreements and cooperative efforts for approved projects that occurred on or after Oct. 1, 2011.

Janson said the city’s portion of the grant would be used for technological upgrades.

“This is going to pay for approximately half of our costs,” he said.

Janson said the grant will allow the city to connect to the Grand Haven school district and Ottawa County via a fiber optic connection. The city is collaborating with the county on assessing services, and the fiber optic connection will allow the city to connect with them more easily.

The other connection would be with the local school district, which the city is collaborating with to handle its IT services.

The very first EVIP grant was awarded to Grand Rapids in October 2011 for $550,000 for its inter-local agreement with Flint and Lansing to combine their income tax processing and tax payment systems.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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