15 Economic Development Agencies, Chambers of Commerce and Utility Companies Sign Cooperative Agreement
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced today that 15 economic development agencies, chambers of commerce and utility companies have entered into a formal partnership with the corporation.
This corporate partners agreement recognizes the critical role these organizations play in Michigan’s economic development.The agreement outlines mutual goals for carrying out economic development in the state, including:
- Advancing economic development projects for new and existing businesses;
- Providing information to businesses in support of creating and retaining jobs;
- Encouraging exports of products and services;
- And keeping each other informed of significant activities affecting economic development in the state.
“Since the MEDC was first formed, 38 interlocal partners have signed an agreement joining our Corporation.This strong partnership with local economic development corporations has played an important role in our success,” said Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of the MEDC.“Yet, the Interlocal Agreement can only be signed by economic development corporations.We have created the Corporate Partnership Agreement to recognize the important role other organizations have in Michigan’s continued economic vitality.”
Organizations that sign the Corporate Partnership Agreement receive several benefits including: increased access to information that could affect development in their jurisdiction, discounted rates for training and events for local staff and access to MEDC speakers and promotional materials.
“The practice of economic development, just like fundamentals in other businesses today, has changed dramatically,” Greg Northrup, Director of Economic Development, Consumers Energy, said following the signing of a Corporate Partnership Agreement with the MEDC.“Our support, involvement and participation with the MEDC across a number of sectors warranted formalizing an already strong alliance.”
The MEDC’s new Corporate Partners and the regions they serve include:
- Battle Creek Unlimited, Cities of Battle Creek and Marshall
- Consumers Energy, Statewide
- Delta County Economic Development Alliance, Delta County
- Detroit Edison Company, Southeast Michigan
- Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, Ingham, Eaton and Clinton Counties
- Economic Development Council of Livingston County, Livingston County
- Middle Michigan Development Corporation, Clare and Isabella Counties
- Muskegon Area First, Muskegon County
- Newaygo County Economic Development Office, Inc., Newaygo County
- Northern Initiatives, Upper Peninsula
- Northern Lakes Economic Alliance, Antrim, Charlevoix and Emmet Counties
- The Right Place Program, Kent County
- Traverse Bay Economic Development Corporation, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau Counties
- Upper Peninsula Economic Development Alliance, Upper Peninsula
- Washtenaw Development Council, Washtenaw County
"The Corporate Partnership Agreement formalizes the positive, productive relationship we have enjoyed with the MEDC since its inception,” said Brigit Klohs, president, The Right Place Program, Grand Rapids.“We look forward to our continued partnership as we work together to help ensure greater Grand Rapids' continued economic success."
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.