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LANSING, Mich. – For its efforts in establishing a solid foundation to attract private investment and further build on municipality assets, The Charter Township of Comstock has been awarded the Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) certification, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced today.
MEDC formally recognizes the Charter Township of Comstock as a Certified Redevelopment Ready Community in Michigan. Comstock Township joins an elite group of 62 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 Executive Vice President of Economic Development Incentives Michele Wildman. “The Charter Township of Comstock 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 township and supporting local economic development efforts.”
As an RRC participant, The Charter Township of Comstock 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.
“Comstock Township is excited to become certified as a Redevelopment Ready Community by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation,” said Community Development Director Jodi Stefforia. “The certification process led to the creation of new policies and procedures following best practices. Staff, residents, and potential developers benefit from the updated policies and procedures being on the website for easy access and a smoother process as projects are proposed. Being redevelopment ready certified makes navigating the process to develop in Comstock Township more streamlined and simpler.”
“It is an incredible honor to receive this recognition for Comstock Township. We look forward to the opportunities and resources that will be available from the MEDC as a result. This certification is another reason for us to be excited about the future of Comstock Township,” said Township Superintendent Scott Hess.
As a certified community, Comstock Township will have access to new tools to implement its community development goals as well as ongoing support and technical assistance from the Redevelopment Ready Communities team. Annual check-ins and updates will help ensure the Township continues implementing the best practices over time. Certification is active for five years before needing to be renewed.
“Going through the certification process has made Comstock Township a more attractive community to do business in,” said Township Supervisor Randy Thompson. “Being certified as a redevelopment ready community will be a great way to promote Comstock Township as a ‘Community with Opportunity’.”
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