For establishing a solid foundation to attract private investment and further build on municipality assets, the city of Southfield has been awarded Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) certification, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today.
The MEDC will hold a formal presentation 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9th at the Southfield Area Chamber of Commerce – Arbor Lofts to recognize the city of Southfield’s new designation. Arbor Lofts is located at 20300 Civic Center Drive, Southfield.
The southeastern Michigan city joins eight other Michigan communities that have qualified as “thoroughly prepared” when it comes to planning, zoning along with other key features that remove traditional barriers and promote opportunities for prospective investors. Other certified RRC’s include Allegan, Boyne City, Eastpointe, Lathrup Village, Roseville, Ypsilanti, Muskegon and Marshall.
“Our mission at MEDC is to empower communities so they can proactively shape their future, a future built on a solid foundation of retaining and attracting business investment and talent,” said MEDC Vice President Katharine Czarnecki. “We look forward to working collaboratively with Southfield to create a vibrant community where business and talent want to be, and where a strong sense of community flourishes.”
As a RRC participant, the city of Southfield received a comprehensive assessment that measures current community and economic development practices compared to RRC best practice standards. Further, the program evaluates and certifies communities that integrate transparency, predictability and efficiency into economic development practices. Certification status provides a compelling sign that a community has removed development barriers and streamlined processes to be more competitive and attractive to investors.
“We are pleased that the City of Southfield has received RRC certification,” commented Southfield Mayor Kenson Siver. “This certification further confirms that Southfield is open for business and continues to be one of southeast Michigan’s leading business centers. From our central location to our solid infrastructure and diverse mix of industries – Southfield remains a major business hub in Michigan.”
On behalf of the Michigan Strategic Fund, the MEDC administers programs and performs due diligence on business and community development programs. The MEDC is the state’s chief marketing arm and lead advocate for business growth, jobs and opportunity with a focus on helping grow Michigan’s economy.
In addition, MEDC manages the Pure Michigan brand, which represents business, talent and tourism initiatives across Michigan.
For more on the MEDC and its initiatives, visit MichiganBusiness.org. For Michigan travel news, updates and information, visit michigan.org. Michigan residents interested in seeking employment with any of Michigan’s growing companies should check mitalent.org, where more than 100,000 jobs are currently listed.
Pure Michigan is a brand representing business, talent and tourism initiatives across Michigan. These efforts are driven by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which serves as the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business growth, jobs and opportunity with a focus on helping grow Michigan’s economy.