State’s helping hand is welcomed, but it’s up to us

Gov. Rick Snyder and some of his top administrators came to town last Friday and offered a helping hand.
Hamtramck has been chosen to be a part of the Project Rising Tide program. Just what this program offers is still a little fuzzy for many who attended the meeting.
Here’s how the state describes the program:
“Project Rising Tide supports the development of vibrant, thriving communities in Michigan to attract business investment and talent. The program helps local leaders create a sustainable path toward economic stability and growth.”
Sounds good to us, and Hamtramck should welcome any assistance from the state.
But one thing that was stressed is that the state will not be here to write the city a check.
That’s just as well because one-time payments don’t do us any favors. Hamtramck has a lot going for it, but we need to take it up a notch. The city has everything most economic developers wish for: we are a walkable community with a defined downtown, a diverse population, rich cultural attractions and a lively bar and restaurant scene.
The list goes on, but you get the point. Hamtramck is ready and open for business.
The state has a lot of resources to offer, and while the details of Rising Tide remain a little unclear, Hamtramck can always benefit from a friendly boost.
But state officials are correct to point out that ultimately, Hamtramck’s future success rests on the people who live and work here.

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