COVID Response

Unemployment Benefits Increased and Expanded for Workers Impacted by COVID-19

Under the federal CARES Act, Governor Whitmer signed an agreement between Michigan and the U.S. Department of Labor to expand unemployment benefits to workers who do not already qualify for state unemployment insurance. This includes workers who are self-employed, 1099-independent contractors, gig economy workers, and low-wage workers who can no longer work because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The agreement also increases weekly benefits for all unemployed workers by $600 per week for up to four months and extends benefit payments from 26 to 39 weeks.

If someone has already applied for unemployment benefits, they do not need to re-apply at this time. Additional guidance from UIA regarding eligibility and application details will be released in the coming days.

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Join Thursday’s COVID-19 Tele-Town Hall with MEDC and the Detroit Regional Chamber

On Thursday, MEDC’s Chief Business Development Officer Josh Hundt will join the Detroit Regional Chamber for a panel discussion about the emerging Arsenal of Health in Michigan as manufacturing and medical device businesses are stepping up to support the fight against COVID-19.

It will also include a conversation about the ways in which businesses can connect directly with health and human service providers and municipal governments to provide critical supplies. The tele-town hall will conclude with a Q&A session for audience members to participate directly with the panelists and receive answers to their questions in real-time.

Application Now Available for Michigan Small Business Relief Program Funding
Michigan’s small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 virus can now apply for $10 million in grants and $10 million in loans through the Michigan Small Business Relief Program. The funding supports businesses facing drastic reductions in cash flow and may be used for working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses, or other similar expenses that occur in the ordinary course of business.

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Virtual Matchmaking Platform Expands to Support COVID-19 Response Efforts

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Pure Michigan Business Connect program is expanding its free, online procurement platform by now including donations from suppliers capable of filling health and human service needs across a broad range of product and service categories.

The platform is also offering a place for companies with manufacturing capabilities for personal protection equipment to indicate which items (i.e. masks, gowns, ventilators) they are able to produce, along with quantity and timing detail.

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Additional Resources Available Online

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Be Closer to Your Dreams

Fenton is a business-friendly community. Fenton's prime location provides central accessibility to major transportation arteries including US-23 and I-75 for an easy commute to Lansing, Ann Arbor or Detroit.

Recognized as the "Gem of Genesee County", Fenton is a great place to start a business, in part, because it's also a great place to live and to raise a family. The quality of life in Fenton has drawn successful entrepreneurs to open businesses from 30-year-veterans like The Iron Grate to the new kids on the block: Crust and more.

The City of Fenton, together with the Fenton Downtown Development Authority and the Fenton Regional
Chamber of Commerce, the Southern Lakes Parks & Recreation, businesses and residents have been working together to create a business-friendly environment.

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Walkability Improvements:
Fenton Downtown Development Authority invited walk-ability expert, Dan Burden, to assess Fenton's downtown and recommend improvements for creating a more pedestrian--and bicycle-friendly environment.

Master Plan:
One of the first steps to achieving any goal is to make a plan. The City of Fenton developed a Master Plan in 2007, creating a vision for future public and private investment in the community.

The Fenton community is dedicated to spreading the word about Fenton. The website you are currently visiting is part of a comprehensive branding effort that was completed in 2010 to promote Fenton. Look for additional marketing efforts over the coming months like a Shopping, Dining, Arts & Entertainment Guide, billboards, and radio ads.

Wayfinding Program:
A system of signs guiding visitors from the entry points of the community through to the major shopping areas and important facilities has been developed. The first signs are schedule to be installed in 2011.

Lynn Markland, City Manager
City of Fenton Michigan
phone: (810) 629-2261

Or visit these helpful links:

Fenton Retail Market Analysis

Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce

City of Fenton Economic Development Department

Genesee County SBTDC