Midland Mayor Maureen Donker delivered this year’s State of the City address earlier today.
Much of the address focused on progress and infrastructure being added to the area- like upcoming expansion updates to the Center city corridor, a $3.5 million state-of-the-art equestrian facility opening at the Midland County fairgrounds this May, and ongoing flood recovery efforts.
Mayor Donker also spoke on major community investments by businesses like Dow, making a $100 million dollars to its Midland research and development branch; and Xalt Batteries, investing $40 million locally to create 120 additional jobs.
While money and funding were a tangible talking point, Mayor Donker says it was community involvement in 2021 that helped Midland grow the most- citing how nearly all hotel revenue in the City was tourism based due to COVID-19 protocols many businesses employed.
The Mayor’s address also focused on how the city has been using it’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, discussion of plans to organize the best use of the remaining 4 out of 5.3 million dollars of those funds, and the re-opening of the Greenhill apartment complex after its closure in 2017 due to fire and smoke damage.