Designation facilitates private investment, improves economic development opportunities
LANSING, Mich. – For its efforts in establishing a solid foundation to attract private investment and further build on municipality assets, the city of Farmington has been awarded the Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) certification, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation MEDC announced today.
MEDC formally recognizes the city of Farmington as a Certified Redevelopment Ready Community in Michigan. Farmington is among 50 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. To see the entire list of Redevelopment Ready Communities, visit here.
“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 of Community Development Michele Wildman. “Farmington is well-positioned to continue to implement its 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.”
As an RRC participant, the city of Farmington 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.
To reach certification, Farmington worked to improve upon numerous policies and processes. The city’s efforts are highlighted by developing an updated master plan, the creation of a public participation plan, and a capital improvements plan, which aligns capital improvements with essential planning documents. The city’s efforts have produced high-quality documents and processes that will continue to generate value.
“I am extremely proud of the hard work conducted by everyone involved in earning this Redevelopment Ready Certification from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The city of Farmington has placed a high priority on identifying areas for renewal and redevelopment and this award is recognition of those efforts,” said Farmington Mayor Sara Bowman. “Kevin Christiansen and his Economic and Community Development team are to be lauded for their efforts in obtaining this certification that has placed Farmington in a great position for continued growth. Farmington is a vibrant city with a lot to offer, we hope this gives potential developers, residents, and investors additional confidence to become part of the community.”
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