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Michigan program helps cities become “redevelopment ready”
Eli Dile   on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 12:00:00 am

Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) is a program of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation that certifies cities with streamlined development approval processes. The certification helps communities demonstrate they are poised for investment, and communicates to developers they won’t get ensnared in red tape.

The voluntary, no-cost certification instills “transparency, predictability, and efficiency into daily development practices” of participating cities. RRC is guided by six best practices – developed jointly by the private and public sector – that help communities improve processes around:

  • Community plans and public outreach
  • Zoning regulations
  • The development review process
  • Recruitment and education
  • Creating and promoting “Redevelopment Ready Sites,” and
  • Community prosperity

MEDC holds two-day trainings throughout the state that teach the six best practices. The RRC review them then interviews officials, observes meetings, and analyzes data before certifying a community as Redevelopment Ready. One key recommendation RRC makes is for cities to make all information necessary for the approval process publically available 24/7. More information on RRC’s best practices is available in this document (PDF).

“Business friendliness” can be a difficult concept to appraise, but RRC puts a codified seal of approval on communities leading the way.

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