ROBIN Grant

Realizing Opportunity with Broadband Infrastructure Networks (ROBIN) is a last-mile and middle-mile broadband competitive grant program with $238M in project funds from the US Treasury Capital Project Fund (CPF). Midwest Energy & Communications (MEC) submitted a $56.4 million application for ROBIN funding to expand internet service in Berrien, Cass, St. Joseph, and Van Buren counties. The application included a $15.5 million investment from MEC and requested $27.6 million from the State. Berrien, Cass, Van Buren, and St. Joseph Counties, along with townships and villages in the proposed counties committed over $13 million. The ROBIN program will be administered by the state's Michigan High-Speed Internet Office (MIHI). Berrien County-MEC Press ReleaseView ROBIN Interactive Parcel Map.

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ROBIN Grant Match requirement + Financial Commitment by Community:

Berrien County Board of Commissioners ROBIN Funding Resolution F2302154 $675 Per Parcel - $4.5M

BARODA Township ROBIN Grant Financial Commitment $197,944 

CHIKAMING Township Support Letter + Financial Commitment Resolution $200K

GALIEN Township ROBIN Grant Financial Commitment Resolution $205 Per Parcel - $100K Max

HAGAR Township ROBIN Grant Financial Letter of Support $650 Per Parcel + Resolution $372K Max

LAKE Charter Township ROBIN Support Letters + Financial Commitment Resolution $162.5K Max

LINCOLN Charter Township ROBIN Support + Financial Match (25% Max) Resolution $200K Max

NEW BUFFALO Township ROBIN Grant Support + Financial Commitment Resolution $300K

NILES Charter Township ROBIN Grant Financial Commitment Resolution $73.4K

PIPESTONE Township ROBIN Grant Financial Commitment Resolution $200K

SODUS Township ROBIN Grant Support + Financial Commitment Resolution $5K Max

VILLAGE of GALIEN ROBIN Financial Support Resolution $87 Per Parcel Allocation - $28K Max

WEESAW Township ROBIN Financial Support Resolution $41.27 Per Parcel - $30K Max


Municipality - ROBIN Grant - Community SUPPORT Documentation:

BERRIEN Township ROBIN Grant Project Support Letter - Bryan Bixby - Township Supervisor

BERTRAND Charter Township ROBIN Grant Project Support Letter - Steve Hicks - Township Supervisor

BUCHANAN Charter Township ROBIN Support Letter - Malinda Cole-Crocker - Township Supervisor

WATERVLIET Charter Township ROBIN Grant Support Letter - Joe Stepich - Township Supervisor


Community ANCHOR INSTITUTIONS  - ROBIN Grant Endorsement:

BERRIEN Regional EDUCATION Service AGENCY (RESA) - Equity-Accessibility-Affordability

BRIDGMAN Schools - Students/Families Reliable Connectivity-Equitable Opportunities-Accessibility

COREWELL Health (Lakeland Hospital) ROBIN Support - HEALTH EQUITY - President Dr. Loren Hamel

GALIEN Township FIRE Dept ROBIN Grant-Emergency Services Real-time Reporting-Reliable Connectivity

LAKE MICHIGAN COLLEGE (LMC) ROBIN Support - CRITICAL NEED - President Dr. Trevor Kubatzke

PALISADES POWER PLANT (Holtec International) ROBIN Grant Support - GLOBAL CONNECTIVITY

POKAGON BAND of POTAWATOMI Indians ROBIN Grant - Rural Connectivity-Limitless Opportunities

 

Economic Impact - ROBIN Grant:

BCBIT-Berrien County Broadband-Internet-TF-ROBIN Equity-Accessibility-Affordability-is Essential

Berrien County Farm Bureau ROBIN - Healthy, Successful, Innovative, Thriving Agricultural Economy

SW MI Regional CHAMBER of COMMERCE ROBIN Support for MEC - BRIDGING DIGITAL DIVIDE

Southwestern MI Association of Realtors (SWMAR) ROBIN Live, Work, & Play in Berrien County


Congressional Support - ROBIN GRANT:

Michigan State Senator ARIC NESBITT 20th District - State of Michigan Senate

Michigan State Senator JOHNATHON Lindsey 17th District - State of Michigan Senate

State Representative BRAD PAQUETTE 37th District - Michigan House of Representatives

State Representative JOEY ANDREWS 38th District - Michigan House of Representatives

State Representative PAULINE WENDZEL 39th District - Michigan House of Representatives

U.S. Congressman BILL HUIZENGA 4th District Michigan U.S. Congress-House of Representatives

U.S. Congressman TIM WALBERG 5th District Michigan U.S. Congress-House of Representatives


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