As part of its mission and Protect & Grow 2.0 strategy, the Michigan Defense Center supports the state’s defense communities to increase military value, readiness and quality of life. Most recently, the MDC worked with the Michigan National Guard, their host communities and military installations throughout the state to pursue federal grants for infrastructure projects that impact military installations, military personnel and their families. As a result, on June 26 the City of Alpena and the City of Grayling submitted federal grant proposals to improve infrastructure under the Defense Communities Infrastructure Program (DCIP).

The City of Alpena submitted a grant proposal to improve the water plant, which provides all of the water used by the city and the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center (CRTC). The city also submitted a proposal for the development of the Maritime Heritage Waterfront Park that will provide recreation and improve quality of life for the residents as well as the men and women serving the nation at the Alpena Training Center.

In the City of Grayling, home to the Michigan National Guard All Domain Joint Training Center, the Michigan Defense Center assisted community leaders in submitting a proposal to develop a trailhead for better and safer access to a popular trail that provides recreation and fitness opportunities for the community as well as those at the installation. The Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) is scheduled to announce grant awards in September.

The Michigan Defense Center is proud to support our military communities by introducing them to federal opportunities and providing resources and funding to strengthen our community partners.