The Southwestern Michigan Association of REALTORS® received a $3,000 Placemaking Grant from the National Association of REALTORS® and a $2,000 Placemaking Grant from Michigan REALTORS® to help make the City of Coloma a better place.
The grants, totaling $5,000, were used to install a new Loud & Proud LED sign in downtown Coloma’s Baker Park.
“The new concrete cast boulder with an electronic sign is not only a beautiful addition to Baker Park, but will be a great way to inform the public of upcoming events and city happenings,” said Mikki Swisher (American Homes Real Estate), the REALTOR® sponsor for the project.
Swisher explained the reason for her endorsement stating, “I am so happy to sponsor some of the many projects here in the City of Coloma. It is such a welcoming small town and they do a wonderful job of constantly improving the downtown area with new and innovative ideas.” Swisher previously sponsored a $2,200 Placemaking Grant in 2015, which was used to complete a tree-carving project in Baker Park.
These Placemaking Grants also supported the work of North Berrien Community Development, the non-profit that applied for the grant, Coloma’s Downtown Development Authority, which provided the additional funds beyond the grant, as well as the Coloma-Watervliet Area Chamber of Commerce and Coloma’s Public Works Department. “These organizations have all been so helpful and supportive of local businesses here in Coloma and I’m thankful that the Placemaking Grant has been available to help them in their efforts,” said Swisher.
The members of the Southwestern Michigan Association of REALTORS® take great pride in finding and funding solutions that make Southwestern Michigan a better place to live, work, and play. The Placemaking Program achieves this by transforming unused and underutilized sites into welcoming destinations accessible to everyone. To learn more, visit swmar.com.