LANSING, Mich. – For establishing a solid foundation to attract private investment and further build on municipality assets, the city of Howell has been awarded Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) certification, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today.
The city joins 29 other communities that have qualified as
“thoroughly prepared” when it comes to planning and zoning to remove
traditional barriers and promote opportunities for prospective investors. Other
certified RRC’s include: Allegan, Alpena, Battle Creek, Bessemer, Boyne City,
Dearborn, Eastpointe, Escanaba, Ferndale, Grand Haven, Grand Rapids, Grayling,
Hudsonville, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Lathrup Village, Manistee, Marshall,
Meridian Charter Township, Middleville, Muskegon, Oak Park, Petoskey, 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
As an RRC participant, the city of Howell 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 Redevelopment Ready Communities certification will help
us build on Howell’s Great American Main Street status, further aiding our
efforts to plan for future development city-wide,” said Howell Mayor Nickolas
Proctor. “MEDC has been a valuable partner in marketing Howell as a destination
for businesses, investors, and residents. We look forward to continuing to
collaborate with the MEDC on future development initiatives that will make
Howell a strong and economically viable city for years to come.”
Howell achieved certification in just less than two years.
In this time, Howell has increased the user-friendliness of the
development-review process, adopted overarching marketing and economic
development strategies, and has begun marketing priority redevelopment sites in
collaboration with Howell Main Street, Ann Arbor Spark, Livingston County
Economic Development Corporation, Howell Area Chamber of Commerce and the MEDC.
With these improvements, Howell is positioned to improve the quality of life
for residents and attract business investments and talented workers from across
About Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business development, job awareness and community development with the focus on growing Michigan’s economy. For more information on the MEDC and our initiatives, visit www.MichiganBusiness.org . For Pure Michigan® tourism information, your trip begins at www.michigan.org.
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