2022 Annual Meeting Sponsor Spotlight
Consumers Energy partners with local, regional, and state organizations to promote economic development. As Michigan’s largest energy provider, the company delivers natural gas and/or electricity to 6.7 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties. Their Clean Energy Plan is a roadmap to eliminating coal, achieving net-zero carbon emissions, and meeting 90 percent of the state’s energy needs with clean resources by 2040. Contact Consumers Energy's Economic Development Team.
For Small Businesses: Powerful Business Intelligence from Consumers Energy - Taking care of customers and providing service after the sale – especially in challenging times – embody Consumers Energy’s purpose of world-class performance delivering hometown service. Michigan’s largest energy provider is committed to helping all businesses, nonprofits and communities prosper – in energy and beyond – now more than ever. Consumers Energy now offers a new, free online small business insights tool to any Michigan small business to help SizeUp their competition, improve marketing and customer acquisition results, obtain comparisons to local competitors and gain insight on employee pay and benefits. Take your business to the next level with new insights on customers, competitors, and suppliers. Get started. Whether it's saving money, staying up-to-date, or growing your customer base, Consumers Energy has tailored solutions for all businesses. Check out resources to save money, stay informed and grow your business. Meanwhile, the company’s nation-leading clean energy transformation calls for zero-methane emissions from its natural gas delivery system by 2030, and Consumers Energy plans to achieve net-zero carbon emissions, end coal use, and dramatically increase clean energy resources by the year 2040 in its electric business. Learn more at MICleanEnergy.com.
New Economic Development Rate for Michigan - Consumers Energy’s new economic development rate makes Michigan more competitive for business growth opportunities. This innovative rate is intended to both attract new business to Michigan and encourage existing businesses to expand their operations in our service territory.
DTE is also sponsoring a tour for the Annual Meeting.
DTE Energy is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include an electric company serving 2.2 million customers in Southeast Michigan and a natural gas company serving 1.3 million customers in Michigan. The DTE portfolio includes energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects, renewable natural gas, and energy marketing and trading. As an environmental leader, DTE utility operations will reduce carbon dioxide and methane emissions by more than 80% by 2040 to produce cleaner energy while keeping it safe, reliable, and affordable. DTE Electric and Gas aspire to achieve net-zero carbon and greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. DTE is committed to serving with its energy through volunteerism, education and employment initiatives, philanthropy, and economic progress. Information about DTE is available at dteenergy.com, empoweringmichigan.com, twitter.com/dte_energy, and facebook.com/dteenergy. Contact DTE's Economic Development Team.
DTE Energy spends $2.2 billion with Michigan businesses in 2021 - DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) today announced it invested $2.2 billion with Michigan businesses in 2021, creating and sustaining more than 10,000 jobs across the state. DTE has invested nearly $16 billion with Michigan-based vendors since 2010, creating and sustaining 54,000 Michigan jobs. The company invests five times more with local businesses than it did a decade ago. In addition to Michigan investment, at the same time, DTE is increasing spending with suppliers owned by women, minorities, veterans, and members of the LGBT community. Recently, DTE also expanded its diverse supplier outreach to include disability-owned businesses. In 2021, the company spent more than $715 million with certified diverse suppliers and $820 million with businesses located in Detroit. “Doing business in the communities we serve helps Michigan companies grow and puts people to work,” said Jaspreet Singh, Corporate Services vice president. “We’re committed to improving people’s lives with our energy. That fuels our passion for giving local and diverse suppliers new opportunities to succeed.” Read the entire article.
The MEDC Supports Small Business – In Michigan, nearly every indicator of the state’s success is influenced and reflected by its small businesses. They play a vital role in attracting talent to live and work in small towns and big cities alike and are economic drivers of the local communities. During the pandemic, we’ve championed the mantra of “Support Local” even more strongly, knowing that our communities are the life and lifeblood of our beautiful state. At the MEDC, we know how important small businesses are. Our small businesses have played a critical role in the success of Michigan’s economy – not just the light at the end of the tunnel, but a steady, determined train pushing us through a dark time. We are inspired by Michigan’s small businesses, and proud to help them thrive. We provide support to Michigan's entrepreneurs and small businesses through grants, loans, and other services. Click here for more.
Building Resiliency – Recovery from economic, natural, and health-related disasters – such as a pandemic – is a long-term process that must start from immediate community action. A resilient community is informed of threats and risks, organized to address vulnerabilities, has connected people and organizations that provide support, has future-prepared infrastructure, and supports the unique needs of vulnerable groups. Resilience strategies are a mixture of proven best practices and creative improvisation. The MEDC is the first state agency in the country to produce a comprehensive toolkit on the topic of resiliency. The RRC Resiliency Toolkit provides resources for everyone depending on budget, including communities without funding and/or ideas to overcome obstacles. Click here to learn more.
Michigan Pure Partnership - Click here to watch the video.
Bedrock is a full-service commercial real estate firm based in downtown Detroit specializing in the strategic development of urban cores. With a portfolio of more than 100 properties totaling over 18 million square feet, Bedrock is the largest real estate partner in downtown Detroit and also has a strong presence in Cleveland.
Bedrock's Expertise - Bedrock’s experienced real estate experts provide a full range of services, with in-house teams for each area of expertise, including Leasing, Acquisition, Finance, Construction, Architecture, Historic Rehab, and Property Management. Our tenants include leading technology companies and startups, world-renowned restaurants and national retailers, as well as Detroit locals who love the city as much as we do. Whether you represent a business seeking to lease office space in Detroit, or a retailer looking for the right location for a new store or restaurant, our leasing agents can assist you. Bedrock also leases mixed-income residential properties to individuals and acquires and renovates properties for new development. To view the impressive portfolio of their office, retail, and residential properties, click here. To learn more about their services, click here. Contact Bedrock Detroit.
Detroit. Move here. Move the world. - Click here to watch the video. With space to grow, collaborate, and thrive, Detroit is a city unlike any other. Meet the Detroit you don’t know.
DDP is also sponsoring the conference bag for the Annual Meeting.
The Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP) strengthens and supports Downtown Detroit through strategic initiatives and programs. They convene business, philanthropic and government partners to create a vibrant and resilient urban core for Detroit and the region. The DDP provides thought leadership on a broad range of timely issues affecting our community and advocates on behalf of Detroit residents and small and local businesses and convenes corporate philanthropic and government partners.
The Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP) is celebrating its 100th Anniversary of being a steward of Detroit and its Downtown. Over the years, DDP has grown and evolved, but what remained is a group of diverse business and community leaders committed to supporting a vibrant, thriving and welcoming urban center through innovation, investment, philanthropy and community building.
DDP strengthens and supports Downtown Detroit through strategic initiatives and programs. We convene business, philanthropic and government partners to create a vibrant and resilient urban core for Detroit and the region. The DDP provides thought leadership on a broad range of timely issues affecting our community and advocates on behalf of Detroit residents and small and local businesses and convenes corporate philanthropic and government partners.
The mission of the Downtown Detroit Partnership is cultivating economic and social impact in Downtown Detroit by connecting public, private and philanthropic sectors, providing stewardship of public spaces, and developing programs that engage and benefit all. Contact DDP.
DDP Celebrates 100 Years - Click here to watch the video.
AKT Peerless was founded over 30 years ago by environmental professionals committed to providing a broad range of high-quality environmental consulting, management, and engineering services with the conviction that cost management, quality work product, responsiveness, and project finality are the primary concerns of our clients. As one of Michigan’s leading environmental firms with resources at the federal, state, and local level, AKT Peerless’ client base includes over 90 state and local governmental agencies, 50 financial institutions, thousands of private entities, and several non-profit organizations. AKT Peerless has economic development consultants, redevelopment experts, and environmental professionals who are proud to help build sustainable communities. Our services include environmental, sustainability, economic development incentives, and construction loan consulting, tailored to the specific needs of each of our clients. We understand the intricacies and challenges of managing complex developments and have developed in-house solutions and tools to track projects and ensure successful project implementation. We offer a comprehensive package of economic development, brownfield redevelopment, and administrative services that include consulting on redevelopment concept plans, collaborating with various private and public project partners, preparing and reviewing Brownfield Plans and Act 381 Work Plans, tracking and managing approved brownfield plans, reviewing brownfield eligible cost invoices, and satisfying reporting requirements of state agencies.
Environmental and Redevelopment Incentive Solutions - AKT Peerless provides environmental and economic development services to identify, resolve and source financial incentives to address challenging sites. The first step with any redevelopment project is understanding the historical uses of the property to determine if there are environmental concerns. A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) will evaluate previous uses and existing conditions of the property to determine the next steps. The results of Phase I may recommend Phase II to evaluate the materiality of the environmental issue. Based on the intended use of the building, our consultants may also recommend an Asbestos & Hazardous Material survey to determine the condition of building materials. If the results of the Phase II ESA reveal contamination exists at concentrations above residential-use criteria, the property is considered a “facility,” as defined in Michigan’s Part 201 Rules. AKT Peerless may recommend a potential owner or operator of a “facility” complete a Baseline Environmental Assessment (BEA), which affords that entity an exemption from liability for existing contamination at the property. These pre-development assessment activities are crucial for establishing baseline conditions of a site and identifying the building (if applicable) and site environmental challenges. AKT Peerless utilizes this information to assist with redevelopment planning to minimize environmental risk and evaluate financial gaps posed by these conditions. AKT Peerless’ economic development team then goes to work sourcing applicable redevelopment incentives and capital to fill funding gaps. This effort requires an in-depth knowledge of the local, state, and federal programs to ensure economic development incentives apply to the project and can be reasonably secured. AKT Peerless has worked with over 90 state and local government agencies, 50 financial institutions, and thousands of private entities to utilize brownfield tax increment financing, grant and loans, tax abatements, historic tax credits, and gap financing to bring projects to fruition. These successful projects have yielded over $5.5 billion of investment, created over 16,000 jobs, and redeveloped over 2,500 acres in Michigan communities. Further, these projects have preserved historic structures, created affordable housing, increased public infrastructure, and open space, removed blight, and remediated environmental contamination. In 2020, Samantha Seimer joined the AKT Peerless team as Vice President of Economic Development Services. Sam has been involved with MEDA since she was a master's student at Wayne State University and now serves as Vice President of the MEDA Board of Directors. She came to AKT with over seven years of local government experience working to promote the transformation of communities while supporting the environmental and development goals and objectives of the municipality. Sam leads the economic development team and works with developers, businesses, and government entities to return underutilized properties back to productive use by leveraging available incentives tools to develop sustainable and resilient communities. For over 30 years, AKT Peerless has enjoyed working shoulder to shoulder with MEDA’s members, advancing the environmental and brownfield redevelopment components of economic development as your partners for success. We are grateful for the deep and trusting relationships that have led to building so many successful developments together. We are here to help you and your community advance your redevelopment initiatives. We stand ready to help you create “A better environment for your business.”
Opening Reception Sponsor
Warner Norcross + Judd is more than their Best Lawyers in America© designations, Martindale-Hubbell rankings, and Chambers USA acknowledgments. As one of the largest and most successful law firms in Michigan, they can handle your business and legal matters, whether simple or complex, from start to finish. The firm provides client-focused, proactive legal and business counsel to clients of all sizes – from startups to Fortune 500 companies to closely-held businesses and high net worth individuals. With more than 230 attorneys working in numerous specialized industry and practice areas, Warner meets the legal needs of clients operating throughout North America and around the world.
Warner’s Economic Incentives Practice Group − When projects powered by economic incentives succeed, they harness human ingenuity, innovative yet airtight investments, and collaborative relationships to fuel commerce, produce profits, generate jobs, build homes and businesses and enhance cities. Highly regarded for our top-tier, efficient client service, our multidisciplinary team knows how to make multiparty partnerships work, often creating something out of nothing. We collaborate closely with businesses, developers, investors, nonprofit entities, local, state, and federal agencies, and others to secure financial incentives for our clients. We then help them every step of the way on projects that drive development and enrich the communities in which we live, work and grow.
Setting the Standard in Michigan and Beyond − Warner offers clients the largest economic incentives team in the state of Michigan and, in terms of years of experience and range of expertise, one of the deepest legal-business benches in the nation. Because of our nationally recognized knowledge and strategic skills in environmental, real estate, tax, finance, and administrative law and our history of headline-making success, many consider us an economic-incentive powerhouse. But we remain humble. Our attorneys believe clients deserve the credit for placing their names and livelihoods at risk as we work together to launch and complete projects. Our team serves a wide range of businesses and nonprofits on a full spectrum of enterprises, from $500,000 to $1 billion developments and everything in-between. We give every client our undivided focus regardless of the project’s size and dollar value.
Warner routinely works with over 50 types of incentives. Some of the most popular incentives include:
- Brownfield TIF Funding
- Community Revitalization Program
- Business Development Program
- Industrial Facilities Tax Abatement (Public Act 198)
- Neighborhood Enterprise Zone (NEZ)
- Obsolete Property Rehabilitation Act (OPRA)
- Local TIF Districts
- New Markets Tax Credits
- Federal Historic Tax Credits
- Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)
- MDEQ Grants and Loans
- Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC)
Warner uses a variety and a combination of the above tax credits to help numerous clients realize their development dreams. Here’s a snapshot of some of the projects where Warner made an impact:
- Venue Tower: $32.7 Million Entertainment and Apartment/Condominium Project
Warner helped secure a Brownfield Michigan Business Tax Credit totaling $4.52 million and tax increment financing through the City of Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority Development Support Program totaling approximately $1.75 for the project. Warner established the joint venture and helped facilitate the land acquisition and drafting and negotiation of myriad agreements, including development agreements, condominium documents, and agreements with neighbors and the City of Grand Rapids.
- Downtown Market, Grand Rapids, MI: $30 Million Design, Construction, and Real Estate Project for Retail, Restaurant, and Agriculture
Warner helped secure a $5.2 million Brownfield Michigan Business Tax Credit, a $3 million community revitalization loan from the Michigan Strategic Fund, Brownfield Tax Increment Financing of $3.5 million, Downtown Development Authority Tax Increment Financing, and other grants and loans from the Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. EPA for environmental cleanup. They structured the design and demolition construction contracts for the project and prepared and negotiated the documentation necessary to establish the public-private partnerships of the Downtown Market. Additionally, Warner created documents for ground leases, market hall vendor leases, retail tenant leases, restaurant leases, office users and myriad other tenancies, and parking on-site and off-site.
- Lormax Stern Development, Detroit, MI: $33 Million Meijer Grocery and Retail Project
Warner secured a $3.3 million Brownfield Michigan Business Tax (MBT) credit and $6.5 million in Brownfield Tax Increment Financing (TIF) incentives in a relatively short period. Warner’s team credits its relationship with Detroit officials, state officials, and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) for their success.
- Zingerman’s Delicatessen, Ann Arbor, MI: $6.7 Million Expansion Project
Warner helped control long-term and short-term costs throughout the project by securing a $1.18 million Michigan Business Tax credit, $817,265 in Brownfield Tax Increment Financing Incentives, and a $407,000 grant from the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority. No project is too large or too small – and they meet you where you are and where you plan to grow. Every project is unique, and the depth and breadth of experience positions Warner as the law firm best suited to deliver the incentives that work for you and within your timeline and budget.
Bonus Session Sponsors
Resource Development Group (RDG) is a fundraising consulting firm specifically focused on capital campaign management for economic development programming and initiatives. In addition to capital campaign management, they conduct feasibility studies; best practice research and implementation; and board and organizational restructuring. Their client base includes chambers of commerce and economic development organizations throughout the United States. RDG is based in Columbus, Ohio, with offices in Atlanta and Statesboro, Georgia, Fort Worth, Texas, and Hendersonville, North Carolina. While their real job is to provide professional campaign counsel, their mission is to help your non-profit organization elevate! Over the past 25 + years, RDG has managed over 200 client engagements, generating over two billion dollars in operating and project revenue for our clients.
The Silver Tsunami: A Looming Threat to Economic Developers Across Michigan - Economic developers are working hard to attract and retain businesses in their communities. They have to offer very competitive packages to attract bring in new employers and make sure that the existing businesses are properly incentivized to stay. While such threats are rightfully front and center for most economic developers, there is another threat that is slowly building that has probably not been addressed. Michigan - like the rest of the country - is facing the “Silver Tsunami.” That is, as business owners aged 55 plus approach retirement, what comes next for them and for the enterprises they run? There are three general ownership transfers when the existing owner exits the business
- Internal - someone already involved in or associated with the business
- External - a competitor, a strategic buyer, or a financial buyer (has resources and wants to experience running a business)
- Cease operations, liquidate, layoff the employees, shutter the business
Far too often the outcome of an owner exiting the ownership of their business is negative for the community. In the case of an “external” sale, especially when private equity is the buyer, the majority of local business operations cease, or are greatly diminished within a few years. The local community suffers the loss of the financial and ancillary impact when the company just ceases operations.
How concerned should your agency be about the Silver Tsunami? Let’s break it down. In Michigan, baby boomers own 80,000 firms - representing half of all job-creating businesses in the state. These firms employ approximately 1,000,000 workers, produce more than $2 billion in revenue, and generate payroll in exceeding $40 billion. The impact on the community and those who work with the business can be huge. The issue is more acute in many rural communities across Michigan. About half of the counties in Michigan have over 50% of the privately held businesses owned by these individuals. What would the impact be on your community if 25% of the private businesses disappeared in the next 5 or 10 years?
Most business owners haven’t planned for their ownership exit – a recent life insurance company survey indicates that 75% don’t have an exit plan. Unfortunately, many business owners don’t know where to start with planning their exit. An economic developer who is knowledgeable about the exit planning process and options can encourage the business owner to become educated about the process and options to transition the business to the next owner(s).
Let’s face it – when a business owner looking to retire starts exploring their options, they typically want to know more than what their company is worth. They are also concerned about the impact on various stakeholders in the enterprise (family, employees, customers, vendors, community). Transfers to a family member are becoming rarer, so owners must consider other options. Selling to a third party, especially in the case of private equity, doesn’t always generate the owner’s desired outcome for the stakeholders. The owner may want to consider Employee Ownership, which is a lesser-known option. Either through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) or Worker Cooperative, it is possible for a retiring business owner to use employee ownership as an exit strategy depending on the owner and company’s goals and circumstances.
The Employee Ownership option is a great way to leave a legacy in your community. Of course, there are also potential tax advantages for the selling owner.
Nonprofit groups like ours can offer owners and their advisors a manageable pathway to exploring exit planning and employee ownership if that is a viable option. The Michigan Center for Employee Ownership has the information you can use to help your customers explore the employee ownership option. Our educational information is provided in a self-paced format, so business owners don’t feel like they’re drinking from a fire hose. We can also provide a preliminary assessment to determine if employee ownership is a potential exit strategy. We can refer your clients to qualified partners to address advanced aspects of employee ownership transitions.
While employee ownership might not be the ideal exit strategy for every business owner, it can be the right fit for many. Our experience and research show that employee ownership helps small business owners leave a lasting legacy, preserve local jobs, and protect income over time.
Once in a Lifetime Investment in Brownfields - In December 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law would provide $1.5 billion in funding through their Brownfields Program. This program brings direct grants and technical assistance to communities, states, tribes, and nonprofits to assess and clean up contaminated land through a competitive application process. The EPA provides annual funding to these entities to support brownfield redevelopment through a combination of Brownfield Assessment, Cleanup, Multipurpose, and Revolving Loan Fund Grants. The influx of funding from the Infrastructure Law will increase this program from an annual appropriation of ~$62 million to ~$370 million for five years (a combination of appropriation and Infrastructure Law funds).
Envirologic has broad experience successfully applying for and implementing EPA Brownfields Grants (over $10 million) on behalf of our clients. On May 12, 2022, the EPA announced the recipients of the FY22 Brownfield Assessment, Cleanup, and Revolving Loan Fund Grants. Envirologic partnered with four of the five communities in Michigan that were awarded funding: Muskegon County, Oceana County, Leelanau County, and the City of Jackson. These awards were the result of a coordinated effort between these communities and Envirologic. Economic development professionals have the opportunity to access these funds through Brownfield Redevelopment Authorities or other eligible entities to assess brownfields for redevelopment potential. Depending on the grant, funds can be used to conduct Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments, Baseline Environmental Assessments, Due Care and Cleanup Planning, Brownfield Plans, site cleanup, and planning activities related to brownfield sites. Read the entire article.
Connecting Business to Energy Infrastructure - ITC is different from other utilities in that we focus only on electric transmission infrastructure, which plays a vital role in economic development. That’s one of the reasons ITC invests in a modern, robust power transmission grid. As a result of our sustained investments, ITC’s transmission systems routinely perform in the top tier of utilities nationally for service reliability. Our energy-intensive customers connected to ITC at transmission-level voltage expect nothing less.
Connecting Customers to the Power Grid - ITC’s sole focus on transmission allows us to facilitate the reliable and efficient delivery of electricity to our wholesale customers – regardless of the generation source. ITC is committed to:
- Providing reliable wholesale electric service
- Ensuring system capacity for the demands of tomorrow
- Enabling electric customers and generators access to competitive wholesale markets
Providing a Critical Link to Tailored Power Solutions - Our ongoing assessment of electric transmission needs for the grid is driven by the requirements of energy-intensive customers, and include:
- Transmission infrastructure investment
- Premier electric reliability
- Focus on power quality
- Knowledge of available system capacity
Facilitating Strong State and Local Economies - ITC connect a variety of industrial customers at transmission-level voltage including:
- Investor-owned, vertically integrated electric utilities
- Commercial/large load connectors and site selectors
- Municipal utilities
- Independent power producers or non-utility generators
- Developers and subscribers of contracted, merchant transmission lines
Click here to learn more about ITC.
It all starts with listening. McKenna engages with community officials to identify their challenges, then develops creative, thoughtful solutions to realize the unique vision of the project. Whether it’s a community-wide master plan or economic development strategy, their multidisciplinary team brings a hands-on approach, seamlessly working with municipal executives, or on their behalf. McKenna's people bring an array of expertise, with backgrounds ranging from municipal policy to design to commercial construction. They build proactive and lasting relationships with the public executives they serve as they help build communities for real life.
McKenna Long-Range Planning - Serving Michigan Communities - Ready to update the Master Plan? Got a TIF district about to expire? Trying to figure out what to do with that aging retail corridor? Looking to put in a Form-Based Code (or just make your Zoning Ordinance more efficient and business-friendly?) McKenna can help!
When day-to-day economic development activities crowd out your time to work on the long-term vision, McKenna planners are ready to back you up. We combine the capacity of a large firm (Michigan’s largest planning staff!), with the personal touch of a dedicated planner based in one of three conveniently located offices – Northville, Grand Rapids, and Kalamazoo.
For the last 40+ years, we’ve functioned as an extension of the in-house staff in cities, villages, and townships across Michigan, creating innovative and implementation-focused plans and easy-to-use custom ordinances for communities large and small.
We’re ready to take on any planning challenge. Our experience includes:
- Economic Development and Redevelopment
- Master Plans
- Sub-Area Plans
- TIF Plans
- Parks and Recreation Plans
- Zoning Ordinance Updates/Re-Writes
- Form-Based Code
- Non-Motorized Transportation Planning
- Placemaking and Branding
Engaged in MEDC’s Redevelopment Ready Communities Program? Or even just thinking about it? We can help! We’ve been part of RRC since it was a small local program for inner-ring suburbs, and we’re well versed in the State’s recommendations and requirements. We can help you sort through the actions you need to take to achieve certification – and then help you execute them.
Check out some examples of our work at our website: www.mcka.com
Contact us at 248-596-0920 and ask for:
Member Marketplace, Inc. is a provider of online, local marketplaces that give residents a convenient way to browse and shop local businesses. Helping vibrant communities create a sense of place online is our passion.
The convenience of e-commerce, combined with a change in consumer behavior since the pandemic, reflects stronger demand for online shopping, and it’s imperative that even the smallest businesses in our communities embrace e-commerce. In general, online shoppers are willing to buy locally when provided the opportunity. But, there's just not an easy way to do it online in most places, without searching for and combing through tens of hundreds of different websites to find local products and services. As a result, residents tend to default to purchasing products online from other major marketplaces, sending that money out of your local economy.
Shop Local initiatives promoted in communities are very important efforts. However, most of the campaigns still involve trying to get residents to physically go into shops, which often is during inconvenient hours and limits the effort to just those within proximity to the physical location. A larger impact can be reached if shop local initiatives also target local residents and other shoppers that buy online, bringing in an additional revenue stream for local businesses. Local e-commerce marketplaces make it possible to facilitate these convenient transactions with local businesses and shoppers.
Member Marketplace works with organizations all across the country to bring online marketplaces to their community, training and supporting small businesses and giving customers a convenient way to support local businesses. Member Marketplace’s clients include city, county, and state economic development organizations, member associations, chambers of commerce, and small business development centers all across the country. Working as partners with these organizations allows small businesses to either start or expand their online presence through the shared local platform. Each business benefits from the shared marketing efforts and the network effect just by participating in a marketplace with other area businesses.
Download our eBook: “Local Commerce in the Digital Age” to learn more about how to:
- Drive economic growth by giving your community a convenient way to shop locally, and online.
- Help push small businesses into the era of digital commerce.
- Support your ‘Shop Local’ campaigns in a new, innovative way and reach more residents.
Member Marketplace offers turn-key solutions to full-scale white-label marketplaces customized to fit each community and organization's needs.
Middle Michigan Development Corporation (MMDC) is central Michigan’s full-service economic development resource! Since 1981, MMDC’s staff of economic development professionals have been helping businesses to locate, expand and compete in Clare and Isabella Counties. MMDC works for established businesses and new businesses that benefit from their strong relationships with local municipalities, the State of Michigan, and various federal agencies. MMDC also works closely with local municipalities on transformative community development projects that stimulate economic growth. Contact MMDC.
Middle Michigan Development Corporation (MMDC) has been recognized as a leader in economic development for rural counties in Michigan. Driving the mission to bring development and prosperity to Middle Michigan, MMDC has collaborated with its regional economic development partners to develop a business attraction plan and regional branding campaign that strongly encourages businesses to select Middle Michigan to locate and build their business.
The leadership team at MMDC actively engages in representing rural communities through leadership roles in MEDA, MEDC’s Collaborative Development Council (CDC), and Economic Development Leaders for Michigan (EDLM). MMDC leadership has been recognized accordingly: James McBryde (MMDC President/CEO) received the 2020 “Medalist” Economic Developer of the Year Award while Kati Mora (MMDC Vice President) received MEDA’s 2021 Robert Sieghart Award for enthusiasm for the economic development profession. The team also recently received the 2021 Tourism Award from the Mt. Pleasant Convention & Visitors Bureau for its role in distributing over $6 Million in relief funds to area small businesses.
The team at MMDC continues to innovate. In 2022, it will revitalize its annual “Coming Home” event to connect local businesses seeking mid-career professionals with talented individuals who have moved away from the area but might consider returning. This year, MMDC also is launching its first-ever Downtown Pitch Competition, to provide direct funds for innovative “pitches” brought forth by local businesses and individuals with ideas for enriching downtown Mt. Pleasant.
Oakland County is a global destination for world-class talent, investment, and jobs. Our mission is to catalyze innovation, investment, and growth in Oakland County. For more information visit http://advantageoakland.com
All Ways Moving Forward in Economic Development
From small businesses to large corporations, Oakland County is a hub of resilience and growth.
Attracting international and national businesses to Oakland County has been a highlight this year. Major international corporations including FANUC America and General Motors made massive investments in Oakland County, while new corporations begin to explore Oakland County as a great place to grow their businesses. The Oakland County team travels around the globe building a stronger economic base for Oakland County. In 2022 they represented the county in the following locations:
- Las Vegas, NV for the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show
- Tel Aviv, Israel for the ISDEF Expo, a premier international defense, homeland security, and cyber event
- Sweden as part of the Detroit Regional Partnership trade mission for the 2022 Select USA Investment Summit
- Quebec, Canada as participants with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation at the FDI Forum in Montreal
- Seoul, South Korea as part of the Detroit Regional Partnership and Michigan Economic Development Corporation trade mission.
- Turin, Italy to attend the VTM International Automotive and Vehicle Innovation Conference
- London, England to attend the Industrial Asset Management Council
- Toronto, Canada with the Detroit Regional Partnership mission to Toronto at the Collision Show
- Stuttgart, Germany the emerging growth and innovation team attended the Battery Show and met with companies interested in expanding their North American presence
- Washington, D.C. as members of the Michigan Delegation with Governor Whitmer at the SelectUSA Summit held by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration to promote foreign direct investment.
In addition, Oakland County Economic Development launched the new “Business Forward” program this past March with an aim of helping the smallest businesses throughout the county as they continue to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. A team of Business Forward small business consultants is embedded in communities working with local economic development professionals, downtown development organizations, and chambers of commerce to provide resources and services so small businesses can thrive and grow. Learn more at: http://www.oakgov.com/BusinessForward
Environmental Due Diligence: A Key Component to Site Readiness - If you have been involved in any sort of commercial real estate transaction, you have probably heard the words ‘Environmental’ and ‘Due Diligence’ mentioned. Environmental Due Diligence defines the process of assessing a property for risk of environmental contamination and determining if mitigation or remediation may be needed. It typically includes a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA), which documents the current and historical use of a property, and a Phase II ESA, which identifies the presence or likely presence of contamination in, on, or at the property associated with historical and/or current operations. Owners and operators of contaminated property are required to take these actions to ensure that unacceptable exposures are eliminated, contamination is not exacerbated, proper notifications are made, and compliance with ongoing land-use restrictions is met. Additional due diligence considerations can also include Property Condition Assessments, which identify specific building and property deficiencies that require immediate attention, short-term repair, and/or deferred maintenance repair. If renovation, reuse, or demolition of an existing building is also being contemplated, a current or future landowner will consider completion of a Hazardous Materials Survey prior to purchase to identify the presence of lead paint, asbestos, or other materials classified as universal waste that will need to be managed and handled in accordance with state and federal regulations. All of these assessments and surveys bring clarity to the true investment necessary to operate and potentially develop a property. Pursuing and maintaining an inventory of properties you are positioning for investment and redevelopment can be aided by these studies as an integral component of a site development marketing package. The results of these studies can drive the type of reuse, and development costs and an understanding of additional funding assistance may be necessary to support your targeted redevelopment goals. Timing is a critical component of real estate. Preparedness with these factors ahead of courting prospective developers will arm you with the knowledge you need to be a strong collaborative municipal partner. Moreover, there are programs to help – various funding programs meant specifically for brownfield redevelopment are available to assist local units of government. PM Environmental has successfully worked with private developers, local governments, various state agencies, and the U.S. EPA, to apply for and secure assessment and clean-up funding as well as predevelopment assistance in reviewing and packaging incentive programs that can help even the most challenging projects across the finish line. PM understands that it takes a flexible, creative, and innovative approach to brownfield redevelopment to ensure project success and maximum return. With this approach, PM has succeeded in many public/private partnership redevelopment projects, some of which may not have been feasible without an outside-the-box approach.
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The Rudolph Libbe Group is a one-stop provider of construction and facility services that range from site selection and construction to energy solutions and ongoing facility management. The full-service contractor, comprised of Rudolph Libbe Inc., GEM Inc., GEM Energy, Lehman Daman, and Rudolph Libbe Properties, is focused on ensuring that its customers succeed. The Rudolph Libbe Group is headquartered in Toledo with offices in Cleveland, Columbus, Lima, Ohio, and the Detroit, Michigan area. Contact Ben Eisel, General Manager, Rudolph Libbe Group, 419-601-3718 or 734-455-3131.
Rudolph Libbe Group, Southeast Michigan office – 2022 has been an unprecedented year in terms of our owner’s growth, expansion and emergence into new markets and sectors. Our chemical sector clients are receiving orders at new levels and utilizing our turnkey services to maintain plant operations. The energy sector has been roaring and we have supported a number of clients through control room and conference room renovations. Several customers are rearranging their campuses and integrating new energy solutions. We also are supporting a huge wave in the auto sector. The large automotive companies and their Tier 2s, from steel manufacturers to sub-assembly providers, are expanding rapidly. This rapid growth phase is restricted only slightly by the supply of materials and manpower. We see this trend as the limiting factor going forward through 2022 into 2023. Our company has the capacity for additional work utilizing a strong network of supporting companies that use pre-purchases and large-scale buying power. When plans change or emergencies arise, long-term partnerships and turnkey solutions become more important than ever. Facility maintenance is key to keeping buildings fine-tuned for productivity, energy efficiency, comfort, and reduction in operating costs. It’s essential to keep planning for the future. When it’s time to grow – with new construction, renovations, new equipment, or processes – knowing all the design and construction options is fundamental. RLG’s discretionary property and real estate services can help you source land and facilities with a keen eye toward state, municipal, and workforce-based incentives. And, for every project, safety is a core value for everyone on-site, especially in these challenging and stressful times. For more information about Rudolph Libbe Group and our Southeast Michigan office, please visit www.rlgbuilds.com.
For over 68 years Site Selection magazine has consistently been an award-winning, highest-rated, and most respected publication covering foreign direct investment (FDI), airport cities, and global corporate real estate. Site Selection is published every other month and mailed directly to over 42,000 c-suite level corporate executives. Providing exclusive insight into strategies, real estate markets, relocation costs, and available incentive programs, the key factors involved in corporate facility planning.
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Michigan's University Research Corridor Picks Up Momentum - Behind the dozens of high-dollar corporate project investments that landed in Michigan in 2021 — from the likes of vaccine leader Pfizer, automotive leaders such as Stellantis and Magna, and machinery and equipment companies KLA, Sartorius, and Daifuku — there lies a critical mass of brainpower. And behind that lies a network of R&D, talent, and innovation at the state’s higher education institutions. The spine of that network is the University Research Corridor (URC), an alliance of Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University. In 2021 Anderson Economic Group released its 12th economic impact report on the URC, based on pre-pandemic data. “But it does demonstrate conclusively the importance of the URC to jobs and income in this state, through good times and bad,” said Patrick Anderson, AEG CEO and president. Click here to read the entire article.
Agracel provides industrial development services to communities, companies, and investors. With expertise in site selection, economic development, leasing, engineering, construction management, and financing, they can provide a solution to any build-to-suit, sale-leaseback, or redevelopment project.
The Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development supports an environment where businesses prosper and people thrive. Its activities and programs are focused on stimulating the local economy through business retention, expansion, and attraction while improving the overall quality of life for residents. The department specializes in providing services to businesses at all stages of development with a concentration on the high-growth industries of aerospace, alternative energy, advanced manufacturing, defense, and homeland security. For more information, call 586-469-5285 or visit: macombgov.org/business-home.
The Detroit Economic Growth Corporation is the City’s economic development catalyst. If you’re a business looking to expand in the city or make Detroit your home, DEGC is the first step on your path to success. Their team is creating transformational opportunities for residents, local businesses, and new investors – right here in Detroit. DEGC’s mission is to design and implement innovative solutions that attract investment, create jobs, and advance Detroit’s economy for all residents. They are dedicated to inclusive economic development and we take this responsibility to heart. With a diverse team and representative of the communities we serve, DEGC is working to reduce the inequality that can be a barrier to economic opportunity. Contact DEGC.
The Detroit Regional Partnership is a regional economic development nonprofit serving Southeast Michigan’s 11-county region. Founded in 2019 by a group of business and philanthropic CEOs, the organization is laser-focused on marketing the region to out-of-state and international companies to attract investments and jobs. Contact DRP.
SME is recognized for creatively solving facility and infrastructure performance problems, adding value, and reducing life cycle costs. For more than 55 years, SME has provided professional services at over 100,000 projects in the Great Lakes region and beyond. We are passionate about building and revitalizing our world, and our experts provide practical solutions for the natural and built environments. Whether developing a new greenfield site or redeveloping an existing brownfield site; constructing or rehabilitating infrastructure including roads and bridges and other utilities; or acquiring, rehabilitating or managing existing facilities, SME can help. We specialize in geotechnical, environmental, pavement, building and construction materials, building enclosures, and metals and coatings consulting and design services. We recognize your projects are never easy. Challenges abound, risks are inherent, and budgets and schedules are tight. The tougher the challenge, the more SME can help. For more information, visit www.sme-usa.com.
Wayne County is a premier gateway to the global marketplace. We have the workforce, infrastructure, and industrial assets to design, build, and ship just about anything. Our region is leading the way in innovative fields like mobility. Discover what over 30,000 companies already know: Wayne County is a great place to do business! Contact the Wayne County EDC team today.
Founded in 1854, Butzel Long has played a prominent role in the development and growth of several major industries. Business leaders have turned to Butzel Long for innovative, highly-effective legal counsel for over 165 years. Butzel Long has a long and successful history of developing new capabilities and deepening our expertise for its clients’ benefit. Butzel Longs strives to be on the cutting edge of technology, manufacturing, e-commerce, biotechnology, intellectual property, and cross-border operations and transactions. Contact Butzel Long.
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For 125 years, Albert Kahn Associates, Inc. has committed to designing and engineering innovative facilities that surpass the needs of their clients. Guided by the legacy of our founder Albert Kahn and a passion for architecture and engineering, Kahn commits to putting their clients first and delivering a remarkable product. Having designed over 45,000 projects around the world, Kahn’s expertise starts with architecture, engineering, interior design, program management, and master planning, and spans through commissioning, business and management needs, strategic facilities planning, value, and sustainability analysis.
Battle Creek Unlimited (BCU) for nearly 50 years has helped people and businesses find ways to create economic opportunity in Southwest Michigan. BCU, a private, nonprofit corporation, serves as the business and economic development arm for the City of Battle Creek. Their services are centered around their mission, assisting new and growing companies or those looking to relocate to find the resources they need to build their business. This includes site selection, redevelopment assistance, workforce research, access to financing, and other incentives or resources to help them make the most of their investments in Battle Creek.
Real estate valuations play a pivotal role in today’s business climate. An accurate and well-supported opinion of property value can mean the difference between reaching a critical goal-securing a loan, closing a sale, reporting to investors, choosing the best asset-or failing to achieve it altogether. CIVAS’s reports are designed to deliver insight into a property’s fundamentals, its competition, and the overall market dynamics affecting value. A solid valuation report can be a strategic asset for investors, lenders, and owners, provided that it addresses both a property’s unique characteristics and the most current market conditions.
Our eight-county region in central Michigan provides ease of access to major metros like Chicago, Detroit, and Toronto. A champion of education and lifelong learning, the region is home to eight colleges, and 60,000 students and has built an internationally-recognized STEM ecosystem. Fueled by a long history in engineering and production, the Alliance is proud that companies in sectors ranging from manufacturing to agriculture and food processing, to aerospace, to healthcare all choose to call the Great Lakes Bay Region home.
GreenStone Farm Credit Services is one of America’s largest rural lenders. Headquartered in East Lansing, Michigan, GreenStone is the country's seventh-largest association in the Farm Credit System. GreenStone owns and manages $11 billion in assets and serves over 27,000 members with 36 branches throughout Michigan and northeast Wisconsin.
ISM brings "best practice" marketing and cultural/diversity training and services to small and mid-sized companies nationwide. ISM focuses on the development of your global enterprise by guiding you in working with ethnic-specific companies, domestically and overseas. International Strategic Management will eliminate the challenges associated with the marketing process needed to ensure your business remains profitable by campaigning for you. They will come to you, with the ability to identify and quickly qualify new prospects while communicating what benefits your products and services offer. Their project management specialists take on the intricate details of designing, organizing, and implementing projects such as RFPs, marketing campaigns, sales plans, and office organization. ISM is a member of Automation Alley, where the focus is Entrepreneurism and International Business Services.
InvestUP is the lead regional economic organization for the Upper Peninsula. Our mission is to drive prosperity across the Upper Peninsula. Core Values: Proactive, collaboration, leveraging, relationships, thought leadership, and most important to us – results.
The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) is a coalition of area leaders committed to building a prosperous and vibrant region where businesses can thrive. To do this, we help entrepreneurs start new businesses, help existing businesses grow, and attract new businesses to the region. LEAP is the economic development organization proudly representing the tri-county region of Ingham, Clinton, and Eaton counties in partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc. (MSG) offers an innovative and solution-oriented approach to helping clients complete successful projects by employing creativity to solve problems, maximizing value, and reaching cost-effective client solutions. MSG offers a full array of consulting services for both the public and private sectors including, but not limited to Civil/Structural Design and Permitting, Construction Engineering, Cultural Resources, Environmental, Geotechnical, Landscape Architecture, Planning/Funding Strategies/Grant Writing, Program Management, and Surveying. MSG offers an unparalleled diversity of infrastructure-related services to public, private, energy, institutional and philanthropic clients. The firm’s mission is to help clients overcome hurdles to get their projects developed quickly, while addressing infrastructure needs and regulatory requirements. Infrastructure is very expensive – and solving infrastructure needs most cost-effectively is their primary value to their clients. The firm has played a major role for over 20 years in the City of Detroit’s ongoing revitalization.
MGU delivers natural gas to about 181,000 customers in southern and western Michigan. They had their start in pre-Civil War days when gas was manufactured from coal and used to light streets, homes, and businesses. Since that time, they have grown and changed along with the communities they serve. Their employees are dedicated to delivering natural gas safely and reliably. They look for ways to reduce costs for our customers. And they help our local communities grow even more.
The Midland Business Alliance (MBA) is Midland’s fully integrated business hub and voice for more than 3,000 businesses, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. By bringing together economic development, the chamber of commerce, CBM Services (collections), and MITCON (IT services), the MBA offers the region’s most comprehensive business support. The MBA is strategically aligned to boost innovation and entrepreneurship; attract, retain and expand business; attract and develop talent; and advocate for business.
Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary operates approximately 19,300 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern is a major transporter of industrial products, including agriculture, forest, consumer products, chemicals, metals, and construction materials. In addition, the railroad operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a principal carrier of coal, automobiles, and automotive parts.
The Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA), established in 1984, is a public/private non-profit organization serving Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, and Emmet Counties in Northern Michigan. The NLEA works directly with local units of government on infrastructure projects, facilitates local company growth and expansion, and assists many local companies on a wide range of issues that help retain existing jobs and create new jobs.
Pioneer Construction builds exceptional facilities that perform for our clients, on time and budget. Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Pioneer provides commercial construction solutions throughout the continental United States. As a true builder, employing over two-hundred talented craft and trade professionals, we offer extensive self-performance abilities that enable us to provide unsurpassed budget, schedule, and quality control. With expertise in a variety of delivery methods, we customize our approach based on the specifics of each project and the goals of our clients. Our commitment to sustainable design and construction, technology, safety, inclusion, and community involvement set us apart in our industry.
RACER Trust's mission is to clean up and position former GM locations for redevelopment and beneficial reuse. They are responsible for conducting safe, effective environmental cleanups at approximately 60 locations. RACER is one of the largest holders of industrial property in the United States, and when it was formed was the largest environmental response and remediation trust in U.S. history.
Renovare is a woman-owned social impact commercial real estate development company that incorporates environmental, social, and governance (ESG) components into each project with community input. Renovare focuses on the development of various product types in urban and rural communities that provide mixed-income housing and community-centric commercial spaces. Their main goal is to provide workforce housing to the families that drive Michigan's economy and commercial amenities that meet the needs of working families. They work closely with local governments to create strategic partnerships designed to deliver projects that meet those needs and provide third-place spaces and public amenities that promote a sense of community.
The mission of the Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership is to improve Shiawassee County’s economy through business attraction, retention, and expansion. They cultivate a business-friendly environment in Shiawassee County and provide our clients with access to resources, tools, and knowledge to empower decisions that will lead to their success.
Spalding DeDecker is a civil engineering, planning, and surveying firm that has served clients in Michigan for more than 67 years on projects of all sizes. Our team members help communities develop programs, policies, and activities to improve residents' economic well-being and quality of life, close deals by providing survey details and site feasibility information to facilitate decision-making, and design complete streets, water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure for public and private projects. Spalding DeDecker is your partner from project conception to completion. Our dedicated teams in Transportation, Municipal Engineering, Land Development, Planning, Surveying, and Construction Engineering create safe, practical, and sustainable solutions for the unique needs of each client.