©2013 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.
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
2013 MSF Board Brownfield Work Plan and MCRP Application Due Dates Schedule (Issue Date December 2012)
MCRP Projects Approved:
Web page content last revised: November 1, 2013
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 and Map (as of February 2013)
2013 MSF Board Brownfield Work Plan and CRP Application Due Dates Schedule (Issue Date December 2012)
Act 381 Work Plan Resources:
Act 381 Work Plan Instructions (as of October 2013)
Act 381 Work Plan Template (as of August 2011)
Act 381 TIF Table Template (March 2013)
Eligible MSF Non-Environmental Activities Guidance (as of August 2013)
MEDC Brownfield Interest Policy (December 15, 2009)
MEDC Interest Policy and Methodology (November 2011)
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 2013)
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 Farm to Food initiative provides resources to communities that expand the scope of farmers markets and capacity of local farmers.
The Community Assistance Team is excited to announce two new grant programs that support food entrepreneurship and placemaking! The Mobile Cuisine Startup Program is aimed at expanding the mobile cuisine (a.k.a. food truck) industry throughout Michigan. To contribute to quality places that people want to be in, projects should offer easily accessible and unique food options to patrons in public spaces and contribute to the local economy by working with other local businesses and farms. The intent of this program is to assist with community and economic development by increasing pedestrian traffic in downtowns and traditional commercial cores. The Farmers Market Grant Program provides funds to existing farmers markets in operation for at least four years. Projects for consideration include unique and innovative design elements, amenities for patrons and vendors, multi-use spaces, multi-modal transportation, and signage. Projects that make markets more accessible to residents are also preferred.
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are available to municipalities and non-profit organizations that operate farmers markets in non-entitlement communities. Funding is available to upgrade a market's infrastructure to operate beyond summer. Priority is given to projects that incorporate educational or entrepreneurial activities related to food. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning in June 2013. Contact your CATeam Specialist for more information.
PSS Loan Fund
The Passive Solar System (PSS) Loan extends seasons with funding for hoop houses, high tunnels and unheated green houses. This technology frees growers from the constraints of a normal Michigan season, and it increases profits and provides more opportunities for Michiganders to buy local. Interest on approved loans is fixed at 4.0 percent for a maximum of six years with interest only payments for the first six months of the loan. Family farms, non- profit organizations and educational institutions are eligible to apply. For more information, visit www.michiganbusiness.org/pss.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is pleased to offer the Redevelopment Ready Communities® (RRC) program to municipalities across the State of Michigan! RRC is a certification program supporting community revitalization and the attraction and retention of businesses, entrepreneurs and workers throughout the state. To be vibrant and competitive, Michigan communities must be ready for redevelopment. This involves planning for new investment, identifying assets and opportunities and focusing resources. Certified Redevelopment Ready Communities® welcome new business, offer superior customer service and a streamlined development approval process.
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 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 sense of place. The RRC Best Practices include:
Launching late summer of 2013, the RRC Best Practice Training Series will be available for communities interested in a more detailed overview of each requirement and how-to examples. It is highly recommended that community representatives attend the trainings before applying to the program.
RRC team would like to be a part of your redevelopment efforts! We work with our partners to provide technical assistance. If your community is interested in becoming RRC certified, click here to learn more.If you are interested in working with a Certified Redevelopment Ready Community, or finding redevelopment opportunities, click here to learn more.
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 unique development and business opportunities. Now a statewide program, your community can use RRC as a framework for continuous improvement and reinvention.
Application:The RRC program is open to any city, village or township in Michigan, with no cost to apply for, or receive, an evaluation. In February 2013, thirty-six submitted applications for our first open round. The top eight scoring applicants were selected to receive an evaluation and begin the path to achieving RRC certification. This summer, the RRC team will be working with these communities and eight other cities that were certified under the Michigan Suburbs Alliance. If your community is interested in applying to the program, start by reviewing the RRC Best Practices to see where your community can begin to improve before the next application round. In addition, an RRC Best Practice Training Series are in the process of being designed to assist interested communities in implementation of the best practices. It is strongly encouraged that community representatives attend the trainings before applying for the next application round.
Evaluation:To receive certification, your community is evaluated against the best practices. After applying for the program, a community will be selected for evaluation. The evaluation consists of the following:
Certification:To receive designation as a certified Redevelopment Ready Community®, your community must demonstrate all RRC Best Practices are currently being met. The certification is a statement to the development world that your community knows what kind of investment is wanted and that your process is streamlined, predictable and user-friendly. Community engagement and good placemaking techniques are backbones of the RRC program, making certified Redevelopment Ready Communities® a priority for MEDC and Michigan State Housing Development (MSHDA) funding. In addition, certified communities and their Redevelopment Ready Sites® will be marketed through MEDC channels.
Are you Redevelopment Ready?Redevelopment Ready Communities® constantly strive to remain current and innovative. The Best Practices are a framework for good customer service, collaborative visioning and solid planning practices. Is your community ready?
In today’s global economy, developers and businesses can invest anywhere. Certified Redevelopment Ready Communities® make locating and growing in their municipality easy. Certified communities have removed uncertainties surrounding project timelines and approvals by implementing the following best practices:
Community Plans and Public Outreach
Zoning Policy and Regulations
Development Review Process
Education and Training
Redevelopment Ready Sites
The RRC team has begun evaluations on the first communities. This area will contain the priority sites and community information for all certified Redevelopment Ready Communities®. Check back soon!
Advisory council members contribute technical advice and subject matter expertise to community evaluations, recommendation reports, and future RRC program direction. The council is made up of public and private leaders, economic development and planning experts to achieve results deemed valuable by all sectors. We thank the 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 redevelopment strategies that stimulate the property market and reposition communities to move redevelopment projects forward.
The RRC program was originally developed by the Michigan Suburbs Alliance to assist inner ring suburbs in the redevelopment of brownfield sites. These built-out communities struggled to compete with the large tracts of green space that other communities offered. The program was created to create a more predictable development experience to entice investment. The MEDC announced the statewide launch of the program in November of 2011 to assist all Michigan communities in creating a foundation to attract businesses and talent through redevelopment.
Communities are encouraged to compare their own policies and procedures against the Best Practices. The following documents are resources to do so. Communities that complete these documents DO NOT automatically receive certification. Communities still must apply for a formal evaluation to receive certification.
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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