Bessemer DDA receives money for marketing.
Written by Jesse Baroka on April 12, 2019
BESSEMER – At last nights Bessemer Downtown Development meeting Members learned that they received an $8,000 grant from the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region also known as WUPPDR. City manager Charly Loper said the funds, which include an additional $2,000 required match from the DDA, will be applied to creating videos aimed at marketing the city as a great place in which to work and live. According to Loper one of the central focuses will be the message that “you can have the cool lifestyle here” and still be able to pay your bills. Loper said the plan is to create three or four videos during the warmer season, including attention to the area’s summer activities. Remaining videos then will be made as colder weather sets in. The completed videos then will be placed online in venues such as Facebook. Loper asked DDA members to start thinking of appropriate subjects to interview in the videos. In other news, DDA members voted to apply for a grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation. If issued, the grant would fund the widening of the projected sidewalk area on the south side of U.S. 2 for several blocks. The grant requires the DDA to commit nearly $12,000 in matching funds, which members agreed was well worth the proposed project. Loper said that, if the grant is offered, the project would be done in conjunction with MDOT’s reconfiguration of U.S. Hwy. 2 throughout Bessemer in 2021, when the city also will address water and sewer work under the highway. At yesterdays meeting the authority also: Voted to fund welcome signs, at a cost of $7,500 each, on each side of town, per a design provided by Doug Kikkebusch of Bessemer and Voted to approve a contract between the DDA and the city, in which the two parties agree to share the cost of snow removal on designated city sidewalks starting in 2021.