We are pleased to announce the first round of communities to participate in the statewide launch of the Redevelopment Ready Communities® (RRC) program! The program measures and then certifies communities that integrate transparency, predictability and efficiency into their daily development practices. The RRC certification is a formal recognition that a community has a vision for the future and the fundamental practices in place to get there.
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“We are excited to take this valuable program statewide,” said MEDC President and CEO Michael A. Finney. “Improving the redevelopment readiness of communities is another tool to attract investment and economic growth in Michigan.”
Thirty-six communities applied for evaluation. The top eight scoring applicants were selected to begin the certification process this year. Seven cities that received certification under the Michigan Suburbs Alliance have already been engaged for certification under the statewide program. Communities not selected for a formal evaluation will be offered training and assistance throughout the year. Click on the map for the full listing of communities.
The Redevelopment Ready Communities® (RRC) Program supports Michigan communities to become development ready and competitive in today’s economy by promoting the use of effective redevelopment strategies. RRC envisions communities that creatively reuse space, embrace economic innovation and best practices, and proactively plan their future, making them more attractive to redevelopment investments that create thriving places where people want to live, work and play. RRC is a program that measures and certifies communities that integrate transparency, predictability and efficiency into their daily development practices. The program was originally launched by the Michigan Suburbs Alliance in southeast Michigan in 2003 to assist municipalities build deliberate, fair and consistent development processes from the inside out. It taps the vision of local residents and business owners to help shape a community-supported plan for growth.
When a community becomes a certified Redevelopment Ready Community, it signals that it has worked to remove redevelopment barriers by having clear development procedures, a community-supported redevelopment vision, an open and predictable review process and more compelling sites for developers to locate their latest projects. RRC communities know what kind of community they want to be and are "open for business".