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U.P. business leaders give opinions on how to spend ARP money

With billions of federal Coronavirus relief dollars flowing into Michigan, U.P. business leaders are sharing their input on how to spend it. The ‘MI New Economy Plan’ would spend $722 million to grow the middle class and educate workers, $651 million to support small businesses and create jobs, and $800 million to improve things like housing in communities.

The plan includes goals from the state to have 60% of adults with post-secondary education by 2030, get the entire state access to high-speed internet, and make Michigan a top state for small businesses. U.P. leaders from universities, colleges, and businesses made their pitch to the state about what is needed most, focusing on childcare, housing, and broadband internet. “If we can get a head start on those three issues with what we have with institutional partners, the universities, the community colleges, what we are seeing with tourism, there’s absolutely an opportunity for growth in this,” said InvestUP CEO Marty Fittante. Read more here.

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