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Group offering $200K to help Michigan city land brewery

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Wikimedia | Paul Joseph

A development group is offering up to $200,000 to help attract a brewery or distillery to a southern Michigan city. Battle Creek's downtown has lacked any brewpubs or distilleries since the last one shut down in August. City development director John Hart says that several downtown buildings are currently vacant and available for such projects. 

Battle Creek Unlimited president Joe Sobieralski says the nonprofit group is open to helping a brewer or distiller with buying equipment or leasing a building.

The group has several minimum qualifications, including a requirement that applicants show they have the ability to secure capital beyond the awarded money.

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