OGL awards grant to spur new Twin Cities Harbor vision

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Aerial image of Twin Cities Harbor area taken by MDOT

September 11, 2018

Sustainable Harbor Project grant to boost waterfront vision for Twin Cities Harbor communities

The Michigan Office of the Great Lakes is announcing an award of $75,000 to support the creation of a shared vision and strategy for the Twin Cities Harbor with the Benton Harbor, St. Joseph and St. Joseph Charter Township communities.

The Twin Cities Sustainable Harbor Project will invite community members, local governments and partners to create a harbor vision that will lead to vibrant, prosperous waterfront communities.

Project partners, including the Office of the Great Lakes and Michigan Sea Grant, were invited by the local Twin Cities Harbor Conservancy to facilitate the process with a community design charrette.

The design charrette, a series of facilitated planning sessions to be held at the Kinexus Training Center in Benton Harbor, will ask community members to envision investments and improvements they feel would best use the waterfront and enhance their communities.

The Twin Cities Sustainable Harbor Project is coordinated through Michigan Sea Grant’s Sustainable Small Harbors Initiative. Participating Michigan coastal communities, including New Baltimore, Ontonagon and Au Gres, have used the process to develop sustainable strategies to maximize use and value of their harbors and waterfronts.

The project is supported financially by the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes through the Michigan Great Lakes Protection Fund. 

Learn more about the project on the program’s Facebook page (@TwinCitiesHarborVC) and Michigan Sea Grant’s project webpage, or by contacting project lead Don Carpenter (248-763-4099) or Emily Finnell (517-284-5036).

The Office of the Great Lakes works in partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

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