MICPA Member Makes a Difference With COVID-19 Relief Program



When Michigan allocated $45 million to the Michigan Hospitality Industry Relief Fund as support for workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association (MRLA) reached to Plante Moran for assistance. MICPA member Dave Herrington was then asked to spearhead the effort to organize the undertaking, beginning with forming a team dedicated to the task comprised of his colleagues, Scott Patton, Mark Warner and Mike Grossman.

Once underway, it was evident that some unique challenges were inherent to the project, including the need for a custom application process since there was no guidance or instruction within the Michigan legislation. Even so, it seemed clear that equity and fair access were key to the intention of the fund, and Dave’s Plante Moran advised MRLA to put those considerations first when determining eligibility.

According to Dave’s team at Plante Moran, the overall scope of the project included:

  • Determining a methodology for eligibility and dispersion.
  • Sourcing technology for the application portal.
  • Meeting with the Michigan Department of Treasury to secure program approval.
  • Setup of the application portal and data mining process.
  • Training MRLA staff on the application process.
  • Assigning Plante Moran administrators to assist with the vetting process by ensuring applications were accurately completed, qualifying companies, and identifying fraudulent applications.

Overall, through the combined efforts of Dave and his team working with the MRLA, direct payments were delivered to more than 55,000 Michigan workers. For his dedication to improving the lives of workers impacted by the COVID-19 through his work at Plante Moran, the MICPA is shining this week’s member spotlight on David Herrington!

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Source: MICPA

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