©2016 Michigan Economic Development Corporation
MEDC community development will focus on creating vibrant, sustainable and unique places by providing economic development services and programs to attract and retain talent in Michigan communities. 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.
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 2015 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 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.
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
2016 MSF Board Brownfield Work Plan and MCRP Application Due Dates Schedule
MCRP Projects Approved:
Web page content last revised: September 16, 2015
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 (Updated January 2016)
Brownfield Program Process Overview fact sheet
Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Fact Sheet
Brownfield Tax Credit Amendment Policy
Brownfield Redevelopment Authorities Directory (as of October 26, 2015)
Qualified Local Government Units (as of November 2010)
DEQ Brownfield Grants/Loan Contacts Fact Sheet (as of February 2013)
2016 MSF Board Brownfield Work Plan and CRP Application Due Dates Schedule
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)
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 MEDC, 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 State’s CDBG Program is 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.
MSF Approved Application Guide (PY 2015)
CDBG Community Development Initiatives
CDBG Business Development Initiatives
CDBG Low-Moderate Income Community Customer List
CDBG Certified Grant Administrators
The Michigan Main Street (MMS) provides technical assistance services to communities who are targeting the revitalization and preservation of their traditional commercial district. The MMS assists communities in developing their own local Main Street program by utilizing the Main Street 4-Point Approach™ – a common-sense approach to tackling the complex issues of revitalization, capitalizing on downtown’s history, and identifying the unique assets of the community itself.
The MMS began in 2003 and is affiliated with the National Main Street Center, a division of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and is in partnership with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). Communities are designated through a competitive application process. For more information click here.
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.
We are pleased to offer the RRC Best Practice training in four locations across the state in 2016. Completion of the training series is required for any community actively engaged or looking to formally participate in the RRC program. Detailed information, examples and implementation steps for achieving a solid planning, zoning and development foundation will be provided. Click here to register or contact the RRC team at email@example.com for more information.
The RRC program is open to any community in Michigan, at no
cost to participate or receive an evaluation. To become formally engaged with
the RRC Program, a community representative must attend all six Best Practice
Trainings when offered , the community must complete the RRC Self-Evaluation, and the governing body must pass a resolution of intent
outlining the value the community sees in participating in the program. Communities are not required or expected to
have all of the Best Practice criteria met at the time of initial engagement.
The RRC Self-Evaluation is a tool to
assess how a community’s current planning, zoning and development documents,
policies and procedures measure up to the RRC Best Practices, prior to
receiving a formal evaluation by an RRC Planner. Please reach out to
your CATeam Specialist or contact the RRC team at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to
receive additional information.
Communities not formally engaged in the RRC program are
encouraged to compare their current policies and procedures to the best
practice standards. The RRC Self-Evaluation is a resource to assist a community
in doing so.
After attending Best Practice training, completing the self-evaluation and submitting a resolution of intent, communities will be placed in the RRC pipeline. While awaiting formal evaluation, communities should update plans, policies and procedures identified in the self-evaluation that do not meet best practice criteria. The formal 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®, communities 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
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.
Communities across the state of varying size and geography
are formally engaged in the RRC program. This makes them more attractive for
investment that creates places where talent wants to live, work and play.
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 by implementing best practices that:
Properties listed in the Opportunity Michigan brochure are from RRC communities looking for developers who embrace smart growth principles for development.
The RRC team evaluates communities and assists them to achieve certification. This area lists certified communities and the priority sites they have identified and packaged for reinvestment. These communities have engaged the public and determined desired outcomes for priority sites, creating a more predictable environment for development projects.
City of Allegan – September 2014
City of Boyne City - November 2015
City of Eastpointe - December 2014
City of Lathrup Village - October 2015
City of Roseville – September 2014
City of Ypsilanti - November 2015
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.
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.
The Michigan Energy Office supports development of community energy programs. Its initiatives promote economic growth, increased energy efficiency, facilitate renewable energy deployment, reduce energy consumption, and create and retain local jobs.Program Resources:
For more information on these programs, please call our MEDC Customer Contact Center and they will direct you to the appropriate Michigan Energy Office staff.
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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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