Crowdfunding Campaign Launched for ‘The Market at Cadillac Commons’

We are excited to announce our opportunity for a FREE $50,000 as a matching grant through MEDC and MSHDA’s
Public Spaces Community Places initiative!

Cadillac’s park district will be transformed into a year-round destination featuring The Market at Cadillac Commons with the help of a new crowdfunding campaign, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Michigan State Housing Development Authority and City of Cadillac announced today. The campaign is being offered through Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity.
If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $50,000 by Sept 16, the project will win a matching grant with funds made possible by MSHDA and MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places program. For project details and to donate, please visit:

“Farmers markets have proved to bring many social and economic benefits for communities,” said MEDC Executive Vice President Greg Tedder. “The past success of the two established and ongoing Cadillac markets is proof that this project will have a tremendous impact on the community.”

The new Market at Cadillac Commons will be an open-air farmer’s market structure to host events as well as the well-established Cadillac Made in Michigan Artisan & Farm market and the traditional Farmers Market.

“Utilizing open community space for residents and visitors to connect with local businesses in a vibrant setting is what makes a neighborhood feel like home,” MSHDA Executive Director Kevin Elsenheimer said. “The vision for Cadillac Commons as a hub for local events and other happenings is testament to the growing network of community engagement in this area.”
The proposed Market at Cadillac Commons is an open-air farmer’s market structure located between the Cadillac 5 Movie Theater and the After 26 Depot. The Market will be home to the two established community markets, the Cadillac Made in Michigan Artisan and Farm Market, as well as our traditional Farmers Market. Combined with the other improvements already happening in the Cadillac Commons lakeside park district, the possibilities are endless for this space hosting even more festivals, events, artists & vendors.
“The Michigan Municipal League’s PlacePlans program has assisted Cadillac in forming placemaking initiatives,” said Dan Gilmartin, CEO and Executive Director of the Michigan Municipal League. “Better utilizing existing community park space is one of the suggestions called for in the PlacePlans work. With the community’s support, this open-air farmers’ market will be a source of pride for years to come.”
“The City of Cadillac is excited to be creating a new public gathering place in Cadillac Commons that will provide a permanent farmers market space and event space for all to enjoy,” said Mayor Carla J. Filkins. “Once completed, this project will transform a blighted piece of real estate into a new facility that will complement the other public gathering places within Cadillac Commons, such as The Rotary Performing Arts Pavilion, City Park, and The Plaza.”
Public Spaces Community Places is a collaborative effort of the MEDC, MSHDA, the Michigan Municipal League, and Patronicity where local residents can use crowdfunding to be part of the development of strategic projects in their communities and be backed with a matching grant from MEDC. Communities, non-profits and other business entities can apply at
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