Midland County and MBA Move Forward with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Study

September 10, 2021

In August, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) presented its proposed scope, estimated costs and projected timeline for a hydrologic/hydraulic study of the Tittabawassee River Watershed to representatives of the County of Midland and the Midland Business Alliance (MBA) Advisory Committee on Infrastructure. At the Midland County Board of Commissioners meeting on September 7, both the Administration & Operations Committee and the Finance Committee recommended the approval of the agreement between USACE, the MBA Foundation and the County of Midland to begin this study.

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Legislation Update: U.S. House Funding Bills of Interest to Mid-Michigan

August 10, 2021

As the U.S. House of Representatives begins its August recess, several funding bills were passed at the end of July that could benefit mid-Michigan. According to Tony Stamas, President and CEO of the Midland Business Alliance (MBA), some of this funding for fiscal year 2022 could support local projects.

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MBA Advisory Committee on Infrastructure Connects with Legislators this Summer

August 2, 2021

In the summer months, legislators return home from Washington, D.C., during recesses. The Midland Business Alliance (MBA) Advisory Committee on Infrastructure recognized this as an important time to make contact with federal and state officials. Representatives of the committee have been reaching out with background information, the vision and the scope of flood mitigation and resiliency building in the mid-Michigan area.

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Donors Support MBA Advisory Committee on Infrastructure and Engineering Study on Flooding

July 6, 2021

Midland area community organizations and businesses have made donations to the Midland Business Alliance (MBA) Advisory Committee on Infrastructure in order to support an engineering study on flooding in the Tittabawassee River Watershed, as well as advocacy and communication efforts. The committee co-chairs, J.W. Fisher and Lee Ann Keller, shared the list of initial donors:

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Three Legs to the Work of Reducing the Severity and Frequency of River Flooding

Op-ed by J.W. Fisher
Co-chair of MBA Advisory Committee on Infrastructure
July 2, 2021

J.W. FisherAs co-chair of the Midland Business Alliance Advisory Committee on Infrastructure, I would like to let the community know about why the committee exists, what problems we are working on, and the approach we are taking to address them. In January of this year, the Midland Business Alliance created our committee and gave it a broad mandate to examine all infrastructure issues that may impact the economic vitality and quality of life of the Midland area. The committee’s first task is to examine the feasibility of lessening the severity and frequency of river flooding in the Tittabawassee River drainage area, as well as to support the City of Midland’s efforts to improve its storm and sanitary sewer system.

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MBA Provides Testimony on Flooding Issues to U.S. House Subcommittee

June 22, 2021

In early June, Tony Stamas submitted written testimony to the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies. Stamas was representing the Midland Business Alliance (MBA) as its President and CEO and wrote on behalf of the businesses and citizens of Midland County and the Great Lakes Bay Region (GLBR).

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For Many of Us, Flooding Is Personal

Op-ed by Lee Ann Keller, co-chair of MBA Advisory Committee on Infrastructure
June 4, 2021

Lee KellerSix years ago, shortly after a major remodel, our basement flooded because of a downpour and a drainage tile issue. Most everything was destroyed. Never would I have imagined having to wade through water again a year later after torrential downpours and a countywide flood destroyed our downstairs once again. As if that was not enough, another year later the dams broke.

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Midland Business Alliance president provides testimony to U.S. House Appropriations subcommittee on GLBR flooding issues

May 17, 2021

Midland, Michigan – In early May, Tony Stamas submitted written testimony to the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies. Stamas was representing the Midland Business Alliance (MBA) as its President and CEO and wrote on behalf of the businesses and citizens of Midland County and the Great Lakes Bay Region (GLBR).

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Op-ed by Bill Schuette, Community volunteer with the MBA Advisory Committee on Infrastructure

May 20, 2021

Bill Schuette1 Year Later: How do you spell Midland? Determined-Rebuild-Grit-Michigan’s Comeback Town

One year ago, the rains came. Dams were breached. Waters raged. Homes, businesses, schools, health care systems were flooded. Bridges collapsed and roads were washed out. And this on top of COVID.

Many communities would have given up or choose simply to endure the “Flood Fog and Covid Blues”. And do nothing.

Not Midland. Nope.

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