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Midland Area Community Foundation’s Fifth Long-Term Recovery Session To Center Around State Building Codes

October 27th, 2020

Midland Area Community Foundation (MACF), in conjunction with the Long-Term Recovery Group, will be hosting a Flood Recovery Update and Connections Session centered on local building codes and processes on October 15th at 10:30am. Previous sessions have included content about disaster case management, FEMA, mental wellbeing, and the affect on businesses.

“Midland Area Community Foundation understands that flood survivors may not fully understand the regulations around rebuilding,” said Sharon Mortensen, member of the Long-Term Disaster Recovery Group and President & CEO of the Midland Area Community Foundation. “We’re happy to host leaders from the City of Midland, Edenville Township, and Jerome Township to add clarity to the local policies and codes put into place surrounding the topic of flooding.”

Guests for the October 15th session include Grant Murschel from the City of Midland, Craig Gosen from Edenville Township, Mike Wood from Jerome Township, and Brett Spangler from Jerome Township. Flood Recovery Update and Connections are open to everyone. Attendees are asked to register for the sessions at Sessions are held the first and third Thursday of the month at 10:30am. For those unable to attend, replays of past sessions are also available at

“By providing clarity and explanation on state building codes, we’re providing transparency in the City’s processes,” said Grant Murschel, Director of Planning and Development for the City of Midland. “The unfortunate dam failures and resulting flooding have had a profound impact on many homeowners. We want our residents to have the ability to speak directly with local officials to best understand how to navigate what can be a challenging and complex process.”

“Flood recovery is a complicated and ever-evolving undertaking,” said Mortensen. “Together with the Long-Term Recovery Group, we are working to make sure Midlanders understand resources are available as we journey together through flood recovery.”

For more information about MACF’s involvement with the Long-Term Recovery Group, follow MACF on Facebook, or call MACF at 989-839-9661. For more information about the Long-Term Recovery Group and other flood-related resources, visit