The Michigan Economic Development Corporation today announced the 2014 round of communities to be selected for participation in the statewide Redevelopment Ready Communities® (RRC) program. RRC is a voluntary, no cost program that assists local municipalities in establishing a sound foundation for redevelopment and investment to occur in their communities.
“The RRC program provides communities with an external assessment of their planning and development policies,” said MEDC President and CEO Michael A. Finney. “It’s an important resource that helps communities review their practices to foster vibrant places where businesses and talent want to be. Without strong communities, we can’t attract talent.”
RRC Program participants receive a comprehensive assessment measuring their community and economic development practices to the RRC best practice standards. The program measures and then certifies communities that integrate transparency, predictability and efficiency into their daily development practices. The RRC certification is a formal recognition that a community has a vision for the future and the fundamental practices in place to get there. This was the second competitive application round since the MEDC launched the program.
2014 communities receiving formal RRC evaluation include:
Communities chosen for RRC participation in 2013 continue to work toward RRC certification. They include:
More than 65 communities requested access to the 2014 competitive application. Due to the overwhelming interest in the program, the RRC Best Practice Training Series has been developed to build capacity, and engage any local municipality eager to work toward and adopt RRC best practices. Participants receive detailed information on evaluation criteria and examples of steps to take to accomplish certification requirements. The series will launch in the spring of 2014.
For more information on the Redevelopment Ready Communities Program, visit here: http://www.michiganbusiness.org/community/development-assistance/#rrc.
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