Eureka Township pledges $3,000 to local economic development efforts

By Curtis Wildfong • Last Updated 11:03 am on Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Eureka Township Board voted 6-1 Monday to contribute $3,000 to the Montcalm Alliance for a contract with The Right Place, a West Michigan economic development organization. Pictured, from left, are trustees Brad Kelley and Elaine Pendrick, and Treasurer Cindy Hanson. Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

EUREKA TOWNSHIP — Dominos continue to fall in the Montcalm Economic Alliance’s effort to fund countywide economic development by contracting with The Right Place, a West Michigan economic development organization.

Eureka Township became the next municipality to pledge money to the Alliance by approving a one-time $3,000 commitment to cover the next three years.

Trustee Elaine Pendrick was the lone dissenter in the 6-1 vote, but she noted it was only because she wished to make $1,000 per year contributions.

Montcalm Township was the first township to make a financial commitment to the Alliance last month.

The city of Greenville ($5,000 annually for three years) and the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners ($25,000 annually for three years) have also dedicated funds toward the Alliance. Howard City also has committed funds to economic development, according to Montcalm County Commissioner John Johansen of Montcalm Township.

Eureka Township officials said they were glad to join the initiative, one they feel will benefit the entire county.

“It’s a win-win all around no matter where that business comes to Montcalm County,” said Trustee Marty Posekany.

“It’s a good thing, the township is looking for growth not only in Eureka, but countywide,” Township Supervisor Rodney Roy added.

Montcalm County Commissioner Tom Lindeman said he too feels a contract with The Right Place was the right move.

“Although the business may come to Greenville, it is going to employ people from Eureka Township and that’s the key,” he said.

Greenville reached an agreement in June with the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce to enter into a contract with The Right Place. The $5,000-per-year commitment from Greenville was a portion of the $50,000 annual cost for the city and chamber’s contract with The Right Place.

Greenville resident and Chamber member Bill Braman has donated $25,000 annually for three years toward the Greenville contract, leaving $20,000 per year to be raised by the Chamber.

Chamber Co-Director Candy Kerschen has expressed in the past she believes that is a feasible goal.

Greenville city officials have stated they hoped their actions would serve as a “springboard,” for a countywide commitment to a contract with The Right Place and with more municipalities jumping on board, the tactic appears to be working.

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