LANSING, Mich. – For establishing a solid
foundation to attract private investment and further build on municipality
assets, the city of Manistee has been awarded Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) certification, the Michigan Economic Development
Corporation announced today.
The MEDC will hold a formal presentation 10:30
a.m. Friday, Jan. 20 at the Vogue Theatre Manistee to recognize the
city of Manistee’s new designation. Vogue Theatre Manistee is located at 383
River Street, Manistee.
The northwest Michigan city joins nine other
Michigan communities that have qualified as thoroughly prepared when it
comes to planning and zoning along with other key features that remove
traditional barriers and promote opportunities for prospective private
investors. Other certified RRC’s include Allegan, Boyne City, Eastpointe, Lathrup
Village, Roseville, Ypsilanti, Muskegon, Marshall and Southfield.
“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 Senior Vice President Katharine Czarnecki.
“We look forward to working collaboratively
with city of Manistee officials to create a vibrant community where businesses
thrive and those employed find opportunities and a sense of place, and where a
strong sense of community flourishes,” she said.
As a RRC participant, the city of Manistee
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.
“The evaluation for certification in the RRC
program showed that the city of Manistee has good practices and policies in
place,” said Denise Blakeslee, planning and zoning administrator. “By participating
in the certification process and implementing additional strategies our service
levels have been elevated to achieve the best practices for development.”
The certification sends a strong, positive
message to developers, said Manistee City Manager Thad Taylor.
“With the City of Manistee receiving its RRC
certification, we are sending a strong message to developers that we welcome
their business, that we have laid the groundwork for a good process, and that
our community is fully supportive and will work with them to achieve success”
he said. “The certification lays the groundwork for developers to know that we
offer and are a progressive community with an interest in providing new
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
In addition, MEDC manages the Pure Michigan
brand, which represents business, talent and tourism initiatives across
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.
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