Marquette County is currently working to help facilitate a Community Development Block Grant application for the city of Ishpeming. The city-county effort hopes to secure federal funding to help finance facade improvements to seven downtown Ishpeming businesses.
We think this a fine example of the county and city working together for the betterment of both parties.
Downtown Ishpeming could certainly benefit from the facade upgrades and the county could benefit from having the improvements made in one of its communities. Both parties can also benefit from the shared cooperation and friendship being fostered between the two governmental units. While on its face, it may not necessarily seem like much of a deep diplomatic or cooperative inititative, but think how differently the story might be told if the cooperation were not taking place. A little bit of cooperation goes a long way in the world of government relations. We have seen in the nation's Capitol -in the lowest rated Congress in history- how mired, troublesome and disheartening things can get when governmental units, or political parties, decide it's in each other's best interest not to work together.
Under the grant program, the property owners would match the $1,023,161 in federal grant funds requested with at least $664,792 in private investment and at least $8,400 from the city of Ishpeming.
The Ishpeming addresses where the improvements would take place include 112 South Main Street, 120 South Main Street, 115 East Cleveland Avenue, 308 East Cleveland Avenue, 121 South Main Street, 101 North Main Street and 107 East Canda Street.
Some of the businesses include the former Mather Inn, Pioneer Square and the Main Street Antique Mall.
We hope for the continued success of the efforts made to secure this grant funding to bring needed improvements to some Ishpeming downtown businesses, while cultivating a little governmental good will along the way.
We hope this cooperation will be a sign of how the two governmental units might work together effectively in the future on other projects and how other communities might like to fashion new cooperative endeavors of their own.