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Village Elections will be held on November 4th, 2014 at the Wheeler Township Hall. Positions available are President (2 year term), 3 Council seats (4 year term) and for the Library board are 1 (2 year term) and 2 (6 year terms). Nominating petitions are due Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by 4pm at Wheeler Township Hall. Petitions can be picked up at the Village Office or Wheeler Township Hall.
Press Release: Breckenridge Industrial Park Receives Certification
The Breckenridge Industrial, Technology and Agribusiness Park has now received Michigan Certified Business Park status. This is the fifth park in Gratiot County to receive such certification. Gratiot County is now tied with Muskegon and Oakland counties for having the most Certified Business Parks in the state.
Based on population, Gratiot County is the smallest county with the most industrial parks. Village Manager Jeff Ostrander said of the certification, “Breckenridge is very grateful to have finally fulfilled the goal of creating a Certified Business Park. It has been a long time coming and a long road getting here.”
The Park comprises of 152 acres which were acquired by the Village in September of 2009. The Park finished construction in 2011 after the Village of Breckenridge received a Community Development Block Grant from the State of Michigan through the Michigan Economic Development Corp. totaling $240,000 to complete the infrastructure. Eligibility for the grant was determined when Invenergy and DTE committed to locating and building the new maintenance and operations facilities for Michigan’s largest wind farm, Gratiot Wind LLC.
Ostrander feels that the certification provides Breckenridge with many opportunities: “The new goals have already been set for the park, and with continued cooperation, I am confident that job creating businesses and new prosperity are in our near future here in Breckenridge.”
Currently the park has four tenants: Integrity Fab & Machine, Inc., Stoneman Pro Services, LLC, and the maintenance and operations facilities for Invenergy and DTE. For the four companies, there are over 50 full-time equivalent jobs. Breckenridge is in the process of negotiating the sales of two other lots. The Park still has approximately 100 acres available for development.
Currently, there are over 2,100 full-time equivalent jobs in Gratiot County’s five certified industrial parks. Thus, their success is crucial to the Gratiot Community in that they represent over 10% of those currently employed in Gratiot County.
Don Schurr, President of Greater Gratiot Development, Inc., explained, “Having five industrial parks within Gratiot County certainly does put us on the map as a collaborative and efficient community in which to do business.” For more information on Gratiot County’s Certified Business Parks, visit www.gratiot.org and select “Locate/Expand in Gratiot Co., Michigan,” or contact Jeff Ostrander at (989) 842-3109 or Don Schurr at (989) 875-2083.
The Village of Breckenridge, Michigan, is the fourth largest community in Gratiot County. Located along M-46, in the Central Michigan area. The Village was incorporated in 1908. Breckenridge has a population of 1,339 residents. It is in the heartland of one of the finest agricultural counties in Michigan.