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February 14, 2012

Spotlight: Building Michigan’s economy is focus of $850,000 grant


About the Grantee

The Prima Civitas Foundation, launched in 2006, is working to help Michigan residents and leaders explore, understand and realize a new economic vision for the state.

Headquartered in Lansing, the organization’s efforts include developing community partnerships around economic and workforce initiatives; capitalizing on existing resources to advance the success of communities and businesses; and aligning educational and training programs with jobs in emerging sectors.

Since its founding, Prima Civitas has received nearly $3.9 million in grants from the Mott Foundation.

Purpose of the Grant

The 2012 work of Prima Civitas will focus on four major programmatic activities designed to build economic strength in mid-Michigan — including Mott’s home community of Genesee County — and throughout the Great Lake State. Activities will focus on:

    • The Flint Area Reinvestment Office, which is helping the Genesee County community develop a regional strategy for strengthening economic recovery. That work includes nurturing public and private collaborations around economic issues, and helping local organizations identify, access and use federal and state funding to support economic initiatives.
    • Statewide entrepreneurship and talent initiatives, including Moving Ideas to Market, which is growing the entrepreneurial spirit in Michigan through educational partnerships between entrepreneurs, support organizations, schools, colleges and universities.
    • Community and economic development efforts, such as helping the Northern Transformation Alliance — spanning 14 counties in the northeast corner of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula — re-envision the area and create strategies that will support a more prosperous region.
    • An international portfolio that includes the Great Lakes International Trade and Transport Hub. That initiative capitalizes on Michigan’s key position within the North American trade corridor by helping businesses in the state pursue import and export opportunities with Canada and Mexico, and capture part of the billions of business dollars that flow through Michigan between the three countries.

“The Prima Civitas Foundation, with support from Mott, is helping to draft a blueprint for Michigan’s prosperity,” said Steve Webster, CEO at Prima Civitas. “By engaging in programming at a community level, in regions, statewide and internationally, we’re ensuring that all of Michigan is working toward a sustainable, innovative and global economy.”

Learn more

The work of Prima Civitas was recently profiled in this news article out of Detroit.