Wednesday, April 14, 2004
"One of Michigan's great assets is the quality and livability of our communities, and that message is getting out" said Don Jakeway, president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). ""The MEDC is partnering with Governor Granholm to grow more of our communities into Cool Cities, with the goal of attracting talented people and the businesses that employ them. We expect that in the future even more Michigan cities will receive national recognition similar to what Grand Rapids, Marquette and Traverse City are enjoying today."
The criteria for this decade's livability honors are determined from the Partners' on-going work with communities developing themselves in the creative economy. Each of the chosen communities have taken major strides to prepare itself for the new global economy and as a result, 2004's America's Most Livable Communities are among the nation's top destinations for travel, business investment, relocation, learning, retiring and living.
America's Most Livable Communities is a project of Partners for Livable Communities (www.livable.com). Partners for Livable Communities is a non-profit leadership organization working to improve the livability of communities by promoting quality of life, economic development, and social equity. Since its founding in 1977, Partners has helped communities set a common vision for the future, discover and use new resources for community and economic development and build public/private coalitions to further their goals.
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.