Innovate Marquette SmartZone receives help from Center of Rural Innovation for grant

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Innovate Marquette SmartZone is excited to announce they're participating in this year's 2020 Rural Innovation Initiative.

The Center of Rural Innovation will provide technical assistance to Innovate Marquette to help them apply for a Federal i6 EDA Grant.

This will allow Innovate Marquette to expand entrepreneurial programming, resources and opportunities to the rest of the U.P.

"It's been an amazing experience working with the Center of Rural Innovation staff that have been here the last two days to really fine-tune our plan a little bit, give them a feel out our community and share of all the great things we have here in the U.P.,” said Innovate Marquette SmartZone Program Manager, Rachel Barra.

“There's tremendous potential here to leverage all of that into a region-wide strategy to launch new tech-based startups and jobs for the future so that those kids coming through Marquette High School and all the local schools have jobs in the Upper Peninsula,” said Center of Rural Innovation Director of Strategic Partnerships, Ann Lichter.

Innovate Marquette SmartZone received this selection out of more than 110 applicants from small towns across the country.



 
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