Michigan State University Extension millage passes in Alger County

On May 4, Alger County voters chose to fund Michigan State University Extension through a millage.

Alger County youth learn life skills, leadership and natural resources care during the Life of Lake Superior 2019 program.

On May 4, Alger County voters chose to fund Michigan State University Extension through a millage. The 0.25-mill request will continue funding for MSU Extension through 2026.

MSU Extension is a three-way funding partnership between local, state and federal government. Local investment secures federal, state and grant funding in service to Alger County residents. Through this partnership, residents are connected to the university network of experts and to statewide programs in youth development, agriculture, health and nutrition, natural resources protection and development, and community and economic development.

“The community has our commitment to be good stewards of millage funds to further our mission to serve Alger County,” said Erin Daines, MSU Extension district director. “We pledge to work hard to ensure that we are meeting the needs of Alger County residents by providing strong, relevant programming.”

MSU Extension has served in Alger County for over 100 years. Since 2019, Alger County residents have logged 228 registrations for in-person and virtual learning events provided by MSU Extension. These workshops provided opportunities to develop skills in family well-being, health and nutrition, agriculture profitability and sustainability, youth leadership development and other community development topics. Additionally, MSU Extension 4-H programs continue to engage Alger County youth in learning opportunities that help prepare them for college, work and life. Since 2012, 67% of Alger County 4-H seniors enrolled in college within six months of high school graduation.

 “We’d like to thank all of the people who’ve supported Extension along the way,” Daines said. “MSU Extension has been in Alger County for over 100 years, and we hope to work for the county for at least 100 years more.”

MSU Extension helps people improve their lives by bringing the vast knowledge resources of MSU directly to individuals, communities and businesses. With a presence in every Michigan county, MSU Extension faculty and staff members help grow Michigan’s economy by equipping Michigan residents with the information that they need to do their jobs better, raise healthy and safe families, build their communities and empower their children to dream of a successful future.

To find out more about MSU Extension programs and services, visit extension.msu.edu.


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