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Ann Arbor SPARK Champions Federal Funding for Washtenaw County’s Mobility and Infrastructure Growth

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WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-06) today announced that the partial FY2024 government appropriations package passed by the House includes $12,833,163 for community projects in Michigan’s 6th district. This funding will go directly to 14 projects that improve local water treatment facilities and infrastructure, repair and upgrade roadways and sidewalks, develop and improve public spaces, and more. 

“Our local leaders and organizations know what our communities need, from upgrades to our water infrastructure, much needed improvements to several of our roads, and enhanced pedestrian safety, to new and upgraded community centers and senior centers,” Dingell said.“I look forward to working closely with the recipients of these funds as they make progress on their respective projects and am optimistic about the great impact that will have for the residents of Michigan’s 6th district.”

Dingell’s funded community project requests for fiscal year 2024 include the following in Washtenaw County:

·       $500,000 to rebuild the Chelsea Area Fire Authority Fire Facility  

·       $1,800,000 for the reconstruction of Saline’s wastewater treatment plant  

·       $1,666,279 to complete common area infrastructure upgrades in Ypsilanti 

·       $500,000 to improve pedestrian safety signals in Ann Arbor 

·       $850,000 for Dexter Community School District to build a multi-generation community center

·       $1,000,000 for the Washtenaw County Road Commission Hewitt Road Improvement Project

Learn more about each project here

The recent allocation of federal funds to Washtenaw County, for areas including Ann Arbor, Dexter, Saline, Chelsea, and Ypsilanti Township, marks significant support for infrastructure enhancements across the region. This funding, which supports a range of projects from safety improvements to advancements at the mobility innovation campus at the American Center for Mobility (ACM), reflects the government’s commitment to strengthening community infrastructure.

Paul Krutko, President and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, acknowledged Congresswoman Debbie Dingell’s role in securing this investment. “We appreciate Congresswoman Dingell’s support, especially in the mobility sector, which plays a key role in Washtenaw County’s economy,” Krutko stated. “This federal support underlines the importance of our projects and the county’s position as a center for mobility and infrastructure innovation.”

Ann Arbor SPARK played a key role in identifying and pursuing this federal funding for the development of a mobility innovation campus at the American Center for Mobility (ACM). We recognized the potential of a transportation application for the region and took proactive steps to transition the concept into a tangible product. Moreover, SPARK has been pivotal in communicating the value of this application to federal decision-makers, providing expert advice and persistent support during the funding process. Our efforts are part of a focused initiative to secure resources that enable innovation in mobility, particularly in projects that enhance transportation options within the community.