Thursday, May 15, 2003
Local Education Sessions Help Communities Utilize Economic Development Tools to Create New Jobs and Investment
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) held a Local Officials Academy in Plymouth today drawing a capacity crowd of 97 local government officials. It was one of a series of sessions held throughout the state designed to educate local officials on the tools available to foster economic development opportunities.
“Michigan’s communities are the nucleus of the state’s economic strength,“ said Sabrina Keeley, acting CEO of the MEDC. "It is important for community leaders to be aware of the best ways to utilize the economic development tools available to spur economic growth in their community and ultimately, the entire state.”
The educational content of the academies was delivered by some of the MEDC’s most experienced senior executives. The topics included a general overview of the MEDC and how best to use and customize economic development tools for local projects.
Recent academies were held in Marquette, Traverse City and Grand Rapids. They are expected to reach a total of 300 local leaders from across the state.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a partnership between the state and local communities, promotes smart economic growth by developing strategies and providing services to create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life.