The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) recently announced the city of Jackson has been award the Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) certification. Jackson fully placed with the RRC best practices and the city is poised to attract and support private investment.
The MEDC held a formal presentation of the RRC Certification Award during a city council meeting May 29 at Jackson City Hall.
The mid-Michigan city adds to 21 other communities that have qualified as “thoroughly prepared” when it comes to planning, zoning along with other crucial features that dismantle established barriers and promote opportunities for prospective investors. Among other certified RRC communities are Allegan, Battle Creek, Grand Rapids, Hudsonville, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Middleville, Muskegon, 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 of Community Development Katharine Czarnecki. “We look forward to building upon our relationship with the city and supporting them in their local efforts.”
In April 2017, Jackson obtained a formal RRC baseline report and worked to complete certification in just under a year. In this time, Jackson has reinforced its master plan, started annual reviews of its economic development strategy, and created an overarching marketing strategy.
“Over the past several years the city of Jackson has updated its ordinances and procedures to demonstrate to the region and the world that we are ready, willing, and able to accommodate new and expanded endeavors,” said City Manager Patrick Burtch, Ph.D. “The city has actively embraced and even initiated, the utilization of a variety of economic development tools to ensure the success of the recent and pending redevelopment activities. The Redevelopment Ready Communities Certification is an additional means of publicizing the potential that exists for business owners, developers and investors to become partners with the city to enhance the ever-growing sense of place.”