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 Grand Blanc has been awarded the Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) certification, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced today. Grand Blanc is the second community in Genesee County to achieve certification.
Grand Blanc 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 Grand Blanc 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 their 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 Council and I are thrilled to receive the Redevelopment Ready Community classification. Much work was done to receive this,” said Mayor Susan Soderstrom. “We hope to utilize the many services that the RRC Team provides to the City to promote our downtown.”
To reach certification, the City of Grand Blanc undertook several notable projects, including the city’s first-ever strategic economic development strategy, an enhanced training framework for officials and staff, and a comprehensive update of the city’s master plan. Interested individuals can visit the city’s website at https://www.cityofgrandblanc.com/ to see more details on the city’s plans and how to invest.
“Our mission at MEDC is to support Michigan’s strong economic momentum and encourage communities to establish strong planning, zoning and economic development foundations,” said MEDC Senior Vice President Michele Wildman. “Grand Blanc 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 continuing to support local economic development efforts while building upon our relationship with the city.”
About Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
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