Michigan's budget for 2015 includes $1.7 million in funding for the Saginaw Art Museum and FirstMerit Bank Event Park.
"Over the course of the budget process, I advocated for the Saginaw Art Museum, FirstMerit Bank Event Park, funding for the Saginaw River dredging pilot study and the Flint River Dike system - a total of nearly $3 million. I am pleased that I was able to include all four of these priority projects into the coming year's budget," state Sen. Roger Kahn said in a news release.
"These projects will enrich our residents' lives through enhancement of the arts, improved access to outdoor entertainment, potential jobs related to increased river commercial traffic and preserving our safety through maintaining effective flood control in southern Saginaw County," he said.
The museum will receive $1 million that will go toward the execution of its strategic plan which focuses on sustainability and efficiency.
"We greatly appreciate and extend our gratitude to Gov. Snyder and Sen. Kahn for recognizing our efforts. This support allows us to continue our mission of providing 'art for all' through education, exhibition, collection and preservation of art, and to maximize the impact of improving the quality of life in the Great Lakes Bay Region. I am excited about our future," said Stacey Gannon, executive director of the Saginaw Art Museum.
The FirstMerit Bank Event Park, which features national concerts and community events, will receive $700,000 in funding. That money will go toward the construction of dressing rooms, restrooms, a mechanical and electrical room and a small office space.
"We are very appreciative of the state's support of the final construction phase for the Event Park," said Robert Belleman, Saginaw County Building authority chairman and Saginaw County controller.
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