Whitmer attends community events and visits businesses in Cadillac and Reed City

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April 22, 2022

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Governor Whitmer attends community events and visits businesses in Cadillac and Reed City

LANSING, Mich. – Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer attended the opening of a new departure point, the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce Governor’s Breakfast, and toured RexAir and Yoplait in the counties of Wexford and Oscela. The governor is focused on growing Michigan’s economy, investing in all regions of the state and ensuring small businesses can thrive.

“Today I had the privilege of spending time at Cadillac and Reed City,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “I blazed a new trail, spoke to the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce, and toured the RexAir manufacturing plant and the General Mills-Yoplait plant. There is energy and innovation in every county in Michigan, and I remain focused on growing Michigan’s economy, creating well-paying jobs, and solving the kitchen table issues that matter. most for families so that every region can thrive. I am very grateful to both communities for hosting me today. Let’s continue to work together to get things done. »

Rexair, LLC Tour

Governor Whitmer visited Rexair, LLC in Cadillac to learn more about their business operations and to thank them for their continued commitment and investment in Michigan. Rexair LLC is headquartered in Troy, Michigan, and since 1936 has developed and manufactured innovative products designed to improve indoor environments. Rexair has manufactured the Cadillac-only Rainbow Cleaning System since 1969 at its state-of-the-art manufacturing and technology center.

Cut of the ribbon: Designation of the starting point

Later, Governor Whitmer participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for Cadillac’s newest trail. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently designated the town of Cadillac as Pure Michigan Trail Town, a title given to communities with significant trail networks, community support, and tourism and recreation businesses.

Governor Whitmer recently signed the Michigan building plan together, which is investing $450 million in Michigan’s state and local park systems, the largest parks investment in Michigan history. Investments in public lands and parks generate $4 in local economic development for every $1 invested. This record investment will therefore have an economic impact of $1.8 billion on Michigan communities.

Governor Whitmer Attends Ribbon Cutting: Designation of Trailhead

45e Annual Governor’s Breakfast at Cadillac

Governor Whitmer attended the 45th Annual Governor’s Breakfast hosted by the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce and delivered the keynote address. Governor Whitmer highlighted her ongoing efforts to support communities like Cadillac and invest in all areas of Michigan.

Governor Whitmer attends the 45th Annual Governor's Breakfast at Cadillac

Visit of the General Mills-Yoplait factory

Governor Whitmer visited a General Mills-Yoplait plant in Osceola County to thank them for their long-term commitment to the State of Michigan. In 2019, General Mills-Yoplait received $500,000 in community development block grants from the Michigan Economic Development Corporationwhich was used to modernize machinery at the Reed City plant.

“Across Michigan, we continue to see businesses investing in our thriving food and agriculture industry,” said Director Gary McDowell. “Yoplait’s production facility in Reed City is at the forefront of agricultural innovation by taking steps to improve the stability of dairy farms through techniques such as regenerative farming practices. At the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, we will continue to encourage large and small businesses within our agricultural industry to foster innovation and growth. »

Governor Whitmer visits the General Mills-Yopliat plant

Rural economic development

Since taking office, Governor Whitmer has worked to support rural communities and their economic development. Earlier this year, Governor Whitmer signed an executive directive to establish the Office of Rural Development to address issues facing rural Michigan communities. Additionally, Governor Whitmer has proposed significant investments in economic development, including the Michigan Regional Empowerment Program to strengthen Michigan’s regional economies.

Growing Northern Michigan Economy

The Whitmer-Gilchrist administration has invested in every region of Michigan to solve the kitchen table issues that matter most to families, communities and small businesses.

In northern Michigan, the The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) has invested more than $4 million to support more than 20 projects creating nearly 300 jobs and leveraging more than $40 million in private investment. MEDC has also invested $39 million to support more than 50 community development projects, leveraging more than $90 million in private investment and reactivating more than 4 million square feet of public space. Since taking office, the administration has provided $18 million to support more than 1,500 businesses and save more than 15,000 jobs through COVID, with 74% of relief going to geographically disadvantaged areas.

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