December 21, 2014

Moran brings experience to EMCOG board

By James Kuch
News Editor | news@arenacindependent.com
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STANDISH — Standish City Manager Michael Moran has replaced Curt Hillman as Arenac County’s representative on the East Michigan Council of Governments board.

Moran joins District Five County Commissioner Joseph Sancimino as the county’s two representatives.

Formerly an alternate, Moran said he was informed at the last EMCOG meeting that if he became a full board member the county would have two votes rather than one.

“Now I am a full member,” he said. “It just made sense.”

Hillman said he decided to step down because he no longer has the time to devote to the board.

“I did not have the time, with other things going on, to devote to the EMCOG board,” he said.

Moran said he approached Hillman, and the two decided that Moran taking the seat was the best decision for the county.

This is not the first time that Moran has participated in the Michigan Council of Governments.

“I used to be a board member for the Southeast Michigan Council of Government when I lived in Milan,” he said. “So I have some experience with them.”

Moran said that the focus of EMCOG is economic development in its region.

“We do things like applying for grants,” he said.

As Standish city manager, Moran said it’s his job to represent Arenac County as a whole, and not just the city of Standish.

“I think my experience with the SEMCOG will play a role here,” he said. “I am familiar with how things work.”

Moran said he hopes that being a part of EMCOG will help bring future development to the county. He added that he is working with EMCOG’s Economic Garden program.

“The economic garden helps businesses by lending money to help keep businesses going or help them improve,” he said.

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