Sen. Wayne Schmidt applauds grant for Boyne expansion project

LANSING, Mich. – State Sen. Wayne Schmidt congratulated Boyne City and Boyne Valley Township on Thursday after the municipalities were awarded $328,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds by the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) for infrastructure improvements to the Boyne Mountain Alpine Coaster.

“This is great news for Boyne, its employees and all who enjoy the company’s resorts,” said Schmidt, R-Traverse City. “This grant will go a long way toward completing this important expansion project, help create jobs, and contribute to recreational opportunities for generations to come.”

The project will expand Boyne USA operations by constructing 18 condominiums and an alpine mountain coaster. The funds will be used to upgrade a sewer line, which is a critical step in proceeding with the expansion. The project is expected to generate a total capital investment of nearly $5.2 million and create 38 jobs. The city and township are responsible for contributing $116,600 in matching funds.

Boyne USA is a northern-Michigan-based collection of year-round mountain resorts known for great skiing, golf, and spa activities. Boyne also includes retail stores and real estate opportunities.

The MSF, in cooperation with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, administers the economic and community development portions of the CDBG program. CDBG is a federal grant program utilizing funds received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Sen. Schmidt welcomes guests to the Capitol for State of the State


LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, stands at his desk in the Senate chamber with Captain Sean M. Cross, commanding officer for the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Air Station Traverse City (middle), and Commander Shad S. Soldano, executive officer – USCG Air Station Traverse City (right). The guardsmen joined Schmidt for Gov. Rick Snyder’s fifth State of the State address Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015.

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Sen. Schmidt reacts to State of the State address

Senator Wayne Schmidt

Senator Wayne Schmidt

LANSING, Mich. – State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, issued the following statement after Gov. Rick Snyder delivered his 2015 State of the State address:

“Tonight, the governor highlighted the many accomplishments our state has achieved over the past four years, as well as his priorities for this year. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Legislature and the governor’s administration to continue this positive momentum.

“I particularly appreciate the priority the governor has placed on the issues of energy and education. As we work to forge a new energy future, we must improve access to quality, affordable and reliable sources of energy that are also environmentally conscious. Residents in Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula do not need to be reminded of how important it is to have a reliable energy supply and delivery mechanism, and I am eager to work on finding a long-term solution to these issues.

“Likewise, having an education system that serves and prepares our children for a 21st century economy is a must. It starts with a quality early childhood education, and I appreciate the governor’s continued focus. Focusing on the skilled trades is also an important initiative as we work to improve our economy. Another vitally important part of education is funding, and I am committed to finding a funding equity solution.

“Our state has come a long way in recent years, but there is much work left to do. I am excited for the challenge and look forward to working together with my constituents, colleagues in the Legislature and the governor’s administration to help Michigan reach its full potential.”

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Wayne Schmidt sworn in as 37th District state senator

Senator also announces committee assignments, office contact information

LANSING, Mich. – State Sen. Wayne Schmidt was sworn in as senator of the 37th district on Wednesday during a ceremony at the state Capitol. Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young administered the oath of office.

Schmidt was joined in the Senate chamber for the occasion by his wife, Kathleen, sons, Ryan and Danny, his parents, Tom and Sue, and friend Mike Vahl.

“It is an honor and a privilege to serve the residents of the 37th district as their state senator,” said Schmidt, R-Traverse City. “The same values and principles that we share, and that I fought for while in the state House of Representatives, I will bring to the Senate as we continue working together to fix Michigan.”

Schmidt announced that in addition to serving as chair of the Senate Commerce Committee, he will also serve on the committees of Agriculture, Economic Development and International Investment, Insurance, Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, and Legislative Council.

The senator also announced that his Lansing office is open and ready to meet constituent needs. His office is located at Room 820 in the Farnum Building at 125 W. Allegan Street in Lansing, across from the Michigan Capitol. Residents may also contact the senator via email at SenWSchmidt@senate.michigan.gov, by phone at 517-373-2413 or via U.S. mail at Senator Wayne Schmidt, P.O. Box 30036, Lansing, MI 48909.

More information will be made available at is forthcoming website, www.senatorwayneschmidt.com.

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