City of St. Johns receives certification as Redevelopment Ready Community

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

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 St. Johns has been awarded the Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) certification, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced today.

MEDC formally recognizes the city of St. Johns as a Certified Redevelopment Ready Community in Michigan. St. Johns is among more than 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 Michele Wildman. “The city of St. Johns 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.”

As an RRC participant, the city of St. Johns 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.

“The MEDC’S Redevelopment Ready Communities program has been a fantastic and transformational experience for the city of St. Johns. We’ve been able to review many of our processes and update documents that have been antiquated for quite some time,” Said Deputy City Manager and Community Development Director Dave Kudwa. “But more importantly, this program has been a gateway to collaboration. We’ve received significant feedback from other staff, residents, downtown shopping district members, planning commissioners, and city commissioners. This effort has led to significant ordinance updates that’ll shape development in our city for many years to come. We’d recommend this program to any city interested in improving development activity within their jurisdictions.”

“As a city, we've talked about the value of attaining Redevelopment Ready status and are extremely pleased to have achieved this accreditation through the diligence and hard work of our staff and the support of MEDC,” said St. Johns Mayor Hufnagel. “We know this makes St. Johns an even more attractive – and competitive – location for development.”

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