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Project Tim Discussed In D.C.

Local officials urge support for major industrial development

Posted by Durand Now at 10:46am 7/30/18

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L to R: Durand City Manager Colleen O’Toole, Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership President Justin Horvath, State Representative Ben Frederick, Durand City Councilman Dr. Brian Boggs and Shiawassee County Commissioner Brandon Marks./Courtesy photo

Durand City Manager Colleen O'Toole and City Councilman Dr. Brian Boggs were part of a local delegation that travelled to Washington D.C. to represent Shiawassee County at a recent meeting with White House officials.  State Representative Ben Frederick, Congressman John Moolenaar and Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership CEO Justin Horvath were also part of the meeting that was coordinated by County Commisioner Brandon Marks in an effort to bring jobs to the region.

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Under discussion was a proposal by NewSteel International dubbed “Project TIM,” which would place a large steel production facility on land within both Vernon Township and the city of Durand. The proposal would mean thousands of direct and residual jobs in Shiawassee County and throughout Michigan.

The visit to the White House included discussions with the Assistant to the President and Director of Trade and Industrial Policy Dr. Peter Navarro, wherein the implications of Project TIM for national security, greater domestic steel production, mining, shipping and the creation of thousands of professional trades jobs throughout Michigan were outlined.

“The potential for local high wage jobs and opportunities in Mid-Michigan cannot be overstated,” Frederick said. “I’m grateful that Dr. Navarro was willing to meet with our group and consider ways the federal government can help ensure this major jobs possibility becomes a reality in our area.”

“This was a great opportunity to come together with local, state and federal officials to discuss the possibilities for the City of Durand’s economic expansion,” Boggs said. “The project would be a game changer for the county as a whole.”

Under consideration are various financing options to help make the project a reality. Continued interaction is planned between local, state and federal officials in the coming months.

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