Meridian Township officials gathered at Elevations Okemos on Nov. 14 to celebrate the Redevelopment Ready Communities Certification event with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).
By being redevelopment ready certified, Meridian Township and developers can now compete for state funded grants and loans for which they otherwise wouldn’t be eligible.
In order to achieve certification, Meridian Township has committed to annually reporting progress made on implementation of the master plan.
“Becoming a redevelopment ready certified community is a true achievement not shared by many municipalities,” said township Supervisor Ron Styka. “In fact, we’re only the 29thin the state – and the first township. This will allow the right types of development projects to move through the township approval process in a more transparent, efficient and consistent manner.”
The project was managed by recently hired Economic Development Director Chris Buck, who spoke at the ceremony about the collaboration of a great team to make the certification possible. Buck thanked the MEDC team and several others for their collaboration on the process.
“I’m grateful that we’re done,” Buck said. “Because now the work begins. Redeveloping our peak areas, our corridor, our mall and all of our business districts is our top priority. The prime residents of our prime community deserve more from these core areas and I’m confident we are going to deliver.”
Others speaking at the certification event included Nicole Noel-Williams, who spoke on behalf of U.S. Senator Gary Peters, and Katharine Czarnecki, MEDC senior vice president of community development, who presented a hand-crafted certification plaque made by a Lansing artist to Buck and township officials.
“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 Czarnecki. “We’re pleased to have the first township in the state reach certification and look forward to working collaboratively with the township and supporting them in their local efforts.”