Wednesday, September 11, 2002
Collaborative Effort to Foster Successful Downtown Development
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) and the Michigan Municipal League (MML) announced the creation of a partnership to facilitate downtown development today. This partnership aims to ensure that Michigan’s core communities and traditional centers of commerce continue to thrive as great places to live and work.
This new collaborative effort will offer many services to communities, including technical assistance, information on funding sources and educational opportunities. Much of the focus will be on the effective use of downtown redevelopment tools, new legislative initiatives and national best practices.
“The success of Michigan’s downtowns is the key to the continuing economic health of the entire state,” said Doug Rothwell, president & CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.“The services that this partnership provides will facilitate access to information and economic development tools to fuel the continued success of Michigan’s core communities.”
The MML will provide overall organizational support for the partnership including maintenance of a 1-800 number and Web site which will serve as an initial contact point for the partnership.
“Whether the smallest or biggest of downtowns, they all represent the quality of life of their region and, most importantly, reflect the status of Michigan as a leader to the world in the 21st century,” said George Goodman, executive director, Michigan Municipal League. “This joint effort, to assist downtowns, reinforces Michigan’s position at the top of the list in the development of progressive economic development policies and partnerships."
The strategic direction for the partnership is guided by an advisory group comprised of representatives of the MEDC, MSHDA and MML as well as of the Michigan Historic Preservation Network, Michigan State Historical Preservation Office, Michigan Downtown & Finance Association, Local Initiative Support Coalition and the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan.
“MSHDA's” participation with MEDC and the Michigan Municipal League is a prime example of how powerful a role partnerships can play in revitalizing our downtowns in Michigan communities,” said James L. Logue III, executive director, Michigan State Housing Development Authority.” Affordable housing within the cities of Michigan is a critical component of revitalization.”
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.