Traverse City Record-Eagle

August 16, 2013

Bills propose 6th regional district

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers are hitting the road to discuss creating a regional economic development district in the Upper Peninsula.

A state Senate committee is meeting in Escanaba Thursday to consider legislation to authorize the sixth Next Michigan Development District in Marquette and Delta counties. Businesses locating in the districts are eligible for property tax abatements and other tax breaks.

Five current regional economic developments districts authorized under a 2010 law are the Grand Traverse region, I-69 International Trade Corridor, Port Lansing Global Logistics Center, Vantageport Detroit Regional Aerotropolis and West Michigan Economic Partnership.

Gov. Rick Snyder and directors of the state environmental quality and natural resources departments are scheduled to speak at the hearing. The bills are sponsored by Republican Sen. Tom Casperson of Escanaba.