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Traverse City Awarded 2% Grant Funds from the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians

by Katy Garavaglia
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Subject: Traverse City Awarded 2% Grant Funds from the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
Contact: Benjamin Marentette, City Clerk – 231-922-4480 (tcclerk@traversecitymi.gov) 
Issued: January 22, 2019

Traverse City was the recipient of three 2% Grant awards from the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, announced on January 17, 2019. Two of the funded projects are for the Traverse City Police Department, and the final award is for a joint public art project between the Traverse City Arts Commission and the Grand Traverse Band.

Twice per year, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians distributes gaming revenue allocations to local units of government. Since the program began in 1994, more than $37,879,500 has been allotted for various programs and projects that benefit the Grand Traverse Region.

With the awarded funds in the amount of $16,457 this year, the Traverse City Police Department will be purchasing Crowd Control and Personal Protection equipment for our police officers to help ensure the Community’s safety. This equipment purchase includes full-body protection, along with ballistic helmets, helping to make sure our officers are protected and are able to serve the community effectively in emergency situations.

The Traverse City Police Department will also use $20,000 in awarded funds for the purchase of a Thermo-Fisher Scientific TruNare handheld narcotics analyzer. The TruNare is used for the rapid identification of suspected narcotics, stimulants, depressants, hallucinogens, and analgesics while in the field, giving our police officers the information necessary to make life-saving decisions when drugs are involved. This instrument will also save the time and expense of off-site sample testing, and allows for tamper-proof records.

The final award for Traverse City was presented to the Traverse City Arts Commission, in the amount of $43,755 for the Clinch Park Tunnel Art Exhibition. The art installation will be located in the existing pedestrian tunnel under Grandview Parkway leading to Clinch Park, and will be culturally reflective of the Woodland Indians of the Great Lakes, specifically the Grand Traverse Band. The project will be a rotating exhibition with the possibility that the artwork will be compiled into a collection. Arts Commission Director Nate Elkins, “is enthusiastic about the cultivation of a relationship between the Traverse City Arts Commission and the Grand Traverse Band to celebrate the history, culture and connection to the Great Lakes and the Traverse City Region through art.”


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