©2014 Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Our mission is to strengthen communities by ensuring access to economic development services and programs that cultivate sustainable projects that will build a strong foundation for the future of Michigan. The global economy has drastically shifted how municipalities and regions establish and maintain a competitive advantage. Success is determined by the ability to attract and retain the best people and ideas. These ‘knowledge workers’ balance job opportunities with lifestyle, seeking more than just employment when deciding where to live. The concept of placemaking considers cultural and natural amenities, resources and social and professional networks. Visit www.miplace.org to learn more about the state’s coordinated placemaking effort.
The Community Guide has been developed primarily as a reference tool for Michigan's communities. It is a free, in-depth resource for local officials and community developers and primarily identifies current community and economic development tools available within Michigan. It includes:
Please remember that this resource is a living document/work in progress and requires continuous updating to reflect changes in law and/or programs. This information is not intended to be, and should not be, regarded or act as a substitute for legal or other professional advice or opinion.
For further questions, please contact your CATeam specialist.
MEDC offers grants and loans to redevelop Michigan’s downtowns and foster historic preservation. By encouraging a compact mixture of uses and walkable urban fabric, we decrease the impact of sprawling development and efficiently utilize infrastructure. This development promotes environmentally and fiscally sustainable environments that attract talent and business and keep our youth here. Our 2014 Community Development Incentives Guidance can be found here. All projects seeking state incentives tools will be evaluated against these priorities. If you have questions, please contact your CATeam Specialist.
The Michigan Community Revitalization Program (MCRP) is an incentive program available from the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF), in cooperation with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). The program is designed to promote community revitalization through the provision of grants, loans or other economic assistance for eligible investment projects. MCRP funds can be used along with ACT 381/Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to fund projects. Projects must be located on an Eligible Property, meaning property meeting one or more of the following conditions:
MSF support will be determined based on a needs analysis; however, under no condition will the MSF support exceed 25% of the total eligible investment for a single project. As part of the needs analysis, four (4) different criteria are reviewed for each project to determine the appropriate level of MSF support:
Generally, no funds will be disbursed until the project is verified as complete.
Michigan Community Revitalization Program fact sheet
Michigan Community Revitalization Program Guidelines
Michigan Business Development Program and Community Revitalization Program Process Documentation
Michigan Community Revitalization Program Application Document
Applicant Key Individual Certification Form
Development and Operating Proforma
MSF Resolution approving the definition of “eligible investment” for the Michigan Community Revitalization Program
2014 MSF Board Brownfield Work Plan and MCRP Application Due Dates Schedule (Issue Date December 2013)
MCRP Projects Approved:
Web page content last revised: April 22, 2014
BRAs will be responsible for reporting FY 2013 tax information to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) on August 31, 2014 instead of the Michigan Department of Treasury. Our online portal is now up and running. For additional information see this: Act 381 Reporting Requirements and Brownfield Program Update Webinar that was held on April 17, 2014. You can now view a recording of this webinar at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/224612449.
Note: If you have trouble viewing the webinar recording, try downloading the Go-To-Meeting codec at https://www.gotomeeting.com.
Program Overview:In Michigan, Brownfield sites can be found in cities with long histories of heavy industry, large-scale manufacturing activity and also in small towns and rural areas. Brownfields are defined as properties that are contaminated, blighted, functionally obsolete, and can include historic properties. Regardless of their classification, all brownfield properties face economic impediments to reuse and redevelopment.The MEDC is the State of Michigan’s economic development agency and through the Community Development Programs offers guidance for local-government officials, prospective developers and businesses as they navigate through the Brownfield redevelopment process.The Community Development staff at the MEDC provides administrative support for redevelopment incentives awarded by the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) under the Brownfield Tax Increment Financing Program (Act 381 of 1996). Brownfield TIF allows a local governmental unit to continue to receive the existing taxes on the property, capture the increased tax revenue resulting from a redevelopment project, and use that incremental tax capture to reimburse the developer to help offset the costs of environmental and non-environmental eligible activities. Under a MSF approved Work Plan or Combination Plan, projects can seek reimbursement from state and local property taxes for the non-environmental eligible activities and their costs including demolition, lead and asbestos abatement, infrastructure improvements, and site preparation. Other funding sources for these types of projects include the Michigan Community Revitalization Program and potentially existing Michigan Business Tax (MBT) Brownfield credits that have been previously awarded to the property. Please note that previously approved MBT Brownfield credits will be honored; however, no new credits will be allocated.The incentives administered by the MEDC have led to increased private investment, job creation and the cleanup/improvement of the Brownfield conditions at these sites. These activities are completed throughout the state and in coordination with the Community Assistance Team, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) Brownfield and redevelopment programs, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Region 5 Brownfield Program.
Act 381 Guidance (Issued October 2013)
Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Fact Sheet
Brownfield Redevelopment Authorities Directory (as of January 20, 2011)
Qualified Local Government Units (as of November 2010)
DEQ Brownfield Grants/Loan Contacts Fact Sheet (as of February 2013)
2014 MSF Board Brownfield Work Plan and CRP Application Due Dates Schedule (Issue Date December 2013)
Act 381 Work Plan Resources:
Act 381 Work Plan Instructions (as of October 2013)
Act 381 Work Plan Template (as of November 2013)
Act 381 TIF Table Template (March 2013)
Combined Brownfield Plan Work Plan Outline Instructions (as of October 2013)
Combined Brownfield Plan Work Plan Template (as of October 2013)
Eligible MSF Non-Environmental Activities Guidance (as of August 2013)
MEDC Brownfield Interest Policy (December 15, 2009)
MEDC Interest Guidance and Methodology (March 2014)
TIF Projects Awarded:
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) allocates Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) funding to the State of Michigan, through the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) with assistance from the MMEDC, for distribution to eligible Units of General Local Government (UGLGs) to carry out MSF approved activities.
The Michigan CDBG program funds generally target economic development, downtown development, and housing projects. For a complete summary of the approved programs, refer to Michigan's Consolidated Plan.The economic and downtown development portions of the State’s CDBG Program are administered by the MEDC on behalf of the MSF. Proposals are considered and evaluated continuously based upon the MSF's approved Application Guide. Eligible program uses include:
For more information on these uses, please call our Customer Contact Center and they will direct you to the appropriate regional staff. The housing component to the State’s CDBG program is administered directly by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA). Please direct all housing-related inquiries to MSHDA staff.
MSF Approved Application Guide (PY 2014)
Michigan CDBG Low and Moderate Income Communities and Project Areas, December 2011
CDBG Community Development Initiatives
CDBG Business Development Initiatives
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is pleased to offer the Redevelopment Ready Communities® (RRC) program to municipalities across the state. RRC is a voluntary, no cost certification program promoting effective redevelopment strategies through a set of best practices. 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. To be vibrant and competitive, Michigan communities must be ready for development. This involves planning for new investment and re-investment, identifying assets and opportunities, and focusing limited resources. Certified Redevelopment Ready Communities® encourage business attraction and retention, offer superior customer service, and have a streamlined development approval process making pertinent information available around-the clock for anyone around the world to view.
The foundation of the program is the RRC Best Practices. Developed by experts in the public and private sector, the best practices are the standard to achieve certification, and designed to create a predictable and straightforward experience for investors, businesses and residents working within a community. In addition, the best practices challenge communities to be flexible while seeking quality development that supports a sense of place. The RRC Best Practices encompass the following categories:
Whether it’s a facelift to downtown facades or an overhaul of a major commercial corridor, all communities in Michigan could use additional investment. The Redevelopment Ready Communities® program is designed to highlight your municipality’s readiness level, and its unique development and business opportunities. Now a statewide program, your community can use RRC as a framework for continuous improvement and reinvention. If your community is interested in the RRC program, start by reviewing the RRC Best Practices to see where you measure up. It is important for communities to review their planning and development policies to foster vibrant places where business and talent want to be. Additional support can be found in the RRC Resources. The Community Assistance Team is also available to assist your efforts. If you’re a developer interested in working with a Certified Redevelopment Ready Community®, or interested in reviewing community Redevelopment Ready Site® studies, click here.
The RRC program is open to any community in Michigan, with no cost to apply for, or receive an evaluation. Competitive application rounds occur annually. In February 2013, thirty-six communities submitted applications for our first open round. The top eight scoring applicants were selected to receive an evaluation. In February 2014, over sixty-five communities requested access to the application. The top seventeen scoring applicants were selected to receive an evaluation.
After applying for the program, all completed applications are scored and top scoring applicants are notified of the opportunity to receive a formal evaluation and achieve RRC certification. To be awarded certification, communities are measured against the RRC Best Practices and must demonstrate all best practice components have been met. The evaluation process is conducted by the RRC team through stakeholder interviews, meeting observations and data analysis.
To receive designation as a certified Redevelopment Ready Community®, your community must demonstrate all RRC Best Practice criteria are currently being met. 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.
Certified communities signal a proactive, business friendly environment to developers and investors. Once certification is achieved, communities with solid development projects receive priority for funding at the MEDC and MSHDA. The MEDC will also assist in marketing a certified community’s top three Redevelopment Ready Sites® if packaged to the best practice standard.
In today’s competitive economy, developers and businesses can invest anywhere. Certified Redevelopment Ready Communities® signal that locating a new business or growing an existing one within their municipality is straightforward. Certified communities have removed barriers to development including eliminating uncertainties surrounding project timelines and approvals by implementing best practices that:
The RRC team is busy evaluating communities and assisting them to achieve certification. This area will list certified communities once they have demonstrated all the best practice criteria are being met. A certified community’s priority sites will also be marketed here. Check back soon!
The RRC program is working with multidisciplinary student teams from the University of Michigan, under the supervision of real estate developer and Professor Peter Allen, to conduct real estate development feasibility studies on sites in communities across the state. Each study identified a priority redevelopment site or area to focus on, and provided a report of analysis including market, demographic and stakeholder input, preliminary designs, pro forma work, financing opportunities and implementation strategies.
Communities not formally engaged in the RRC program, but wanting to work toward certification are encouraged to compare their current policies and procedures to the best practice standards. The following documents are resources to assist a community doing so. Completing the self-evaluation documents does not replace the official evaluation process.
Guides have been put together to act as a resource for communities working on certain RRC certification requirements. Each guide is a tool describing recommended processes and sample language. It is important to remember every community has different needs and capacities, so the process and document should be tailored to fit your community’s requirements.
Advisory council members contribute technical assistance and subject matter expertise to community evaluations, recommendation reports, and future RRC program direction. The council is made up of public and private sector individuals including local government officials, economic development, planning and real estate development professionals. All sectors are working together to guide a program deemed critical in moving Michigan forward. We thank the advisory members and their organizations for their hard work and dedication to making Michigan communities vibrant places to live, work and play.
The Redevelopment Ready Communities® Program partners with many organizations to promote effective development practices to help stimulate the real estate market and reposition communities to move redevelopment projects to implementation.
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The Community Assistance Team (CATeam) is your statewide source for community and economic development tools and resources. Communities are encouraged to contact their CATeam specialist as soon as a potential community development project is identified.
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