Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today announced a $380,000 federal investment, through the Great Lakes Bay Region Quality of Life Council and the Great Lakes Bay Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau, to assist with developing a plan to help the tourism industry in the region recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The funding, through the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), provides grants and technical assistance to create employment opportunities, help retain existing jobs and stimulate economic growth through investments. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Congressman Kildee helped pass, provided the EDA with $1.5 billion for economic development assistance programs to help communities recover to the pandemic.
"Tourism plays a big role in Michigan's economy. We must do everything we can to propel our state's economic recovery and support jobs in the tourism industry. The tourism industry has suffered greatly over the past year and I'm pleased to announce this federal award to support the Great Lakes Bay Region," Congressman Kildee said.
Congressman Kildee has supported various pieces of legislation to provide economic relief to Michigan families, seniors and small businesses during the pandemic:
The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, which included $8.3 billion in emergency funds to accelerate vaccine funding and buy more personal protective equipment for frontline health care workers.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which included paid sick and family leave, strengthened food assistance and free coronavirus testing for all that needed it.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, an emergency relief package to support American workers, families and small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, a bipartisan $1 trillion emergency relief package to support Americans during the pandemic.
The American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion economic relief package passed by Congress and signed by President Biden which provided direct payments to individuals, accelerated vaccine distribution, helped reopen schools safely and extended support to small businesses.