All News News Posted December 17, 2020 By Choose Marshall

Choose Marshall Receives ITC Holdings Grant

Choose Marshall Receives ITC Holdings Grant for COVID-19 Small Business Relief

As Marshall area small businesses continue to feel the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and state-mandated restrictions, the Marshall Area Economic Development Alliance (MAEDA)/Choose Marshall continues to pursue funding to support the business community. Due to a generous grant from ITC Holdings Michigan, Choose Marshall has recently been able to award $1,000.00 grants to 10 eligible downtown businesses.

“Choose Marshall has actively supported our small business community during this unprecedented time,” said James Durian, CEO, MAEDA/Choose Marshall. “Thanks to the quick action of the MAEDA Board of Directors in the early spring, we were able to support over 75 local businesses with MAEDA reserve funds. Since that time, we have been able to grant additional funds through community member donations and, most recently, with this generous grant from ITC Holdings. Support from corporate partners like ITC is invaluable to the economic health of our small business community and we sincerely thank them.”

“ITC Michigan has always taken an active role in the communities we serve,” said Simon Whitelocke, president of ITC Michigan. “During this extraordinary time, there are tremendous humanitarian and economic needs across our home state. We felt it was our company’s responsibility to step up and support organizations that are making a positive impact on the small business community that is so vital to our economy.”

ITC Holdings Corp., the nation’s largest independent electricity transmission company based in Novi, Michigan, owns and operates two subsidiaries in the state: ITCTransmission and METC (collectively, ITC Michigan). The two systems comprise approximately 8,700 circuit miles of transmission line serving most of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

MAEDA/Choose Marshall believes that facilitating job growth, while leveraging the area’s unique assets, makes our community the place to live and visit. For more information about economic development, small business services, and community events in the Marshall area, visit or call the Welcome Center at 269-781-5163.