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Designation facilitates private investment, improves economic development opportunities
LANSING, Mich. – For their efforts in establishing a solid foundation to attract private investment and further build on municipality assets, the city of Fremont has been awarded the Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) certification, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced today.
The MEDC formally recognizes the City of Fremont as a Certified Redevelopment Ready Community. Fremont joins 44 other Michigan communities in all corners of the state that have qualified as “thoroughly prepared” when it comes to planning and zoning to remove traditional barriers and promote opportunities for prospective investors. Visit here to see the entire list of Redevelopment Ready Communities.
As an RRC participant, the City of Fremont received a comprehensive assessment that measured current community and economic development practices compared to RRC best practice standards. The program evaluates and certifies communities that integrate transparency, predictability and efficiency into economic development practices. Certification status is a compelling indicator that a community has removed development barriers and streamlined processes to be more competitive and attractive to investors.
“City of Fremont staff immediately recognized the value of the RRC Certification program as we began to evaluate our processes, identifying a number of areas within our departmental policies and procedures that needed updating and streamlining for public transparency,” said Fremont City Manager Todd Blake. “The RRC program will prove crucial during our community’s planning and progression into the future, enabling smoother development processes to ensure positive economic growth.”
To reach certification Fremont worked to improve upon numerous policies and processes. The city’s efforts are highlighted by developing an overarching economic development and marketing strategy, the creation of a public participation plan, and the development of flowcharts that clarify the steps in each of the city’s development review processes. The city’s efforts have produced high-quality documents and processes that will continue to generate value.
“Our mission at MEDC is to support Michigan’s strong economic momentum and empower communities to establish a strong planning, zoning and economic development foundation,” said MEDC Senior Vice President Michele Wildman. “Fremont is well-positioned to continue to implement their vision for the future and further improve the quality of life for its residents. We look forward to building upon our relationship with the city and supporting local economic development efforts.”
About Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
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