LANSING, Mich. –
For establishing a solid foundation to attract private investment and further build
on municipality assets, the city of Alpena has been awarded Redevelopment
Ready Communities (RRC) certification, the Michigan Economic Development
Corporation announced today.
The MEDC will formally present the award in recognition of the
City’s new designation at 11 a.m. Friday, June 8 at 310 North Second Avenue
The Northern Michigan city joins 23 other communities that
have qualified as “thoroughly prepared” when it comes to planning, zoning along
with other key features that remove traditional barriers and promote
opportunities for prospective investors. Other certified RRC communities
include Allegan, Battle Creek, Boyne City, Dearborn, Eastpointe,
Escanaba, Ferndale, Grand Rapids, Hudsonville, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Lathrup
Village, Manistee, Marshall, Middleville, Muskegon, Oak Park, Pinckney,
Roseville, Southfield, Traverse City and Ypsilanti.
“Our mission at MEDC is to empower communities so they can
proactively shape their future; a future built on a solid foundation of
retaining and attracting business investment and talent,” said MEDC Senior Vice
President Katharine Czarnecki. “We look forward to building upon our
relationship with the City and supporting them in their local efforts.
As an RRC participant, the city of Alpena received a
comprehensive assessment that measures current community and economic
development practices compared to RRC best practice standards. Further, the program
evaluates and certifies communities that integrate transparency, predictability
and efficiency into economic development practices. Certification status
provides a compelling sign that a community has removed development barriers
and streamlined processes to be more competitive and attractive to investors.
““Participating in the RRC
program was able to provide the City of Alpena a fast and easy way to evaluate
our economic development efforts, and work with the MEDC to bring the industry
best practices to all areas of our economic development spectrum,” said Alpena
Planning and Development Director Adam Poll. “This has allowed us to create an
environment where both developers and the city of Alpena are on the same page
from day one. ”
Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
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