Northwest Michigan Council of Governments Awarded $1.4 Million for Betsie Valley Trail Upgrades

The Northwest Michigan Council of Governments has been awarded $1.4 million to extended the Betsie Valley Trail and build a bridge over Bear Creek that will provide direct access from local communities to the trail.

“This grant to support Northern Michigan’s outdoor recreation industry will help us continue growing our economy, creating good-paying jobs, and investing in every region of the state,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “The investment will create or retain 65 good-paying jobs in Traverse City to extend the Betsie Valley Trail and build a bridge over Bear Creek.”

“Tourists come from all over to enjoy Betsie Valley Trail’s breathtaking views and outdoor activities. This important investment in our recreational infrastructure will help boost the region’s tourism economy” said Senator Debbie Stabenow.

This is possible through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration Grant Program, and the investment will be matched with $347,820 in local funds.

The project is funded under the EDA’s American Rescue Plan Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation program. They awarded $510 million in grants to all 50 states and territories in 2021. On May 26 the EDA will close all of the applications for this program and the $3 billion funding will be awarded on a rolling basis through September 30.

This project is also apart of the Building Michigan Together Plan that invests approximately $250 million to help the Michigan Department of Natural Resources address infrastructure, repair and maintenance needs at 103 state parks.