Executive Director, Dillon Rush, on City's Project Rising Tide Graduation

CHARLOTTE, Mich. – CharlotteRising Executive Director Dillon Rush issued the following statement after the City of Charlotte’s graduation from the state’s Rising Tide program today with Gov. Rick Snyder and other state and local leaders:

“The impact of Project Rising Tide and CharlotteRising is felt on our streets, sidewalks, storefronts, and, most importantly, in our stories of Charlotte. In just two short years, Charlotte has seen five renovations, six business improvements, seven new businesses and 13 projects underway, many of which occurred and are occurring downtown.

“As we celebrate the City of Charlotte’s graduation from Project Rising Tide, CharlotteRising recognizes and commends the tremendous growth throughout the community since it began its journey in 2015.

“It’s through Project Rising Tide that CharlotteRising was formed. The empowering guidance from the Project Rising Tide team focused our community to enhance our downtown and better collaborate amongst our separate organizations to work as one. Through that collaboration, CharlotteRising formed with the mission to cultivate a vibrant and enduring downtown—and we are well on our way to doing just that. 

“We know our work is far from over. And being the first Rising Tide graduate, as the next round of Project Rising Tide communities readies themselves to rise to the occasion, ours now stands ready to help them along the way, just as Project Rising Tide did for us.”


Project Rising Tide is a collaborative initiative through the Talent and Economic Development (TED) team that is dedicated to providing communities with the tools needed to design and build a successful economic framework.