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Midland Center for the Arts receives FEMA extension

Jake Novak
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The Midland Center for the Arts has been granted an extension on its application for federal disaster relief after historic flooding from nearby dam failures in 2020.

Due to the pandemic’s impact on federal agencies, the Midland Center for the Arts did not have all the paperwork completed to receive federal funds. But the application deadline was extended to January 2023, because of a bi-partisan effort.

Congressman John Moolenaar, a Republican from Midland, joined Congressman Dan Kildee, a Democrat from Flint, to make sure the extension was granted for this cultural institution.

"And so the hope is that their requests will be viewed favorably, and they'll be able to get the support they need," said Kildee.

Both congressmen have worked to secure nearly $1 million for Sanford and more than $25 million in federal funds to repair Mid-Michigan infrastructure damage caused by the historic flooding.

Kildee said the next step in relief is repairing old infrastructure systems.

“Our need to make sure that we invest in water infrastructure, more broadly, not just drinking water, but our waterways, managing our water infrastructure is a part of what we're trying to do,” said Kildee.

In the interest of transparency, we note the Midland Center for the Arts is a financial supporter of WCMU.

Rick Brewer has been news director at WCMU since February 2024.
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