Redefining Planning and Economic Development

What You'll Learn

  • See how state, regional, and local partnerships can drive innovative planning and economic development strategies.
  • Identify tools to encourage infill development and historic preservation, using a combination of technical assistance, training, and development incentives.
  • Learn about low-cost, adaptable strategies for getting walkable, mixed-use development moving in any size community.

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To be vibrant and competitive, communities must be ready for development. This involves planning for new investment and reinvestment, identifying assets and opportunities, and focusing limited resources. The traditional model of economic development has undergone a rapid transition, and innovative planning is essential to sustained economic growth.

Learn how planners and economic development staff at the state, regional, and local levels in Michigan are shattering silos and working together to build vibrant, sustainable communities.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation's Redevelopment Ready Communities program provides the framework for communities across Michigan to attract new investors, businesses, and residents; build capacity; and build upon a strategic community-driven approach to development.

Certified Redevelopment Ready Communities attract and retain businesses, offer superior customer service, and have a streamlined development approval process.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, in collaboration with more than 100 economic development partners, markets Michigan as the place to do business, assists businesses in their growth strategies, and fosters the growth of vibrant communities across the state.

Hear from the MEDC and its partner organization, Lansing Area Economic Partnership (LEAP), about how RRC is shifting communities toward place-based approaches to economic development and building upon existing assets to support community reinvestment.