January 1, 2015

Great Lakes Bay Magazine

In a move that solidifies the continuing partnership between the city of Mount Pleasant and the SmartZone, city manager Nancy Ridley was added to the Central Michigan University Research Corporation Board of Directors today.

The Central Michigan University Board of Trustees appointed Ridley to the 15-member CMURC board. The president of CMU, George Ross, chairs a leadership team comprised of industry leaders and CMU faculty and staff. CMURC is the flagship within the growing Mount Pleasant SmartZone. The SmartZone was developed by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to create a partnership between cities, universities and business accelerators.

“The City of Mount Pleasant is one of the founding members of the SmartZone designation,” said Erin O’Brien, president and CEO of CMURC. "It is critical that the city maintain a voice in order to further CMURC’s long-term goals and initiatives.”

Ridley attended Central Michigan University and started working for the university while pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1985. Ridley was recently appointed Mount Pleasant’s city manager, after serving as interim in that position for several months. Before that, Ridley served seven years as assistant city manager and for 17 years as Mount Pleasant’s director of finance.

“I am proud to be part of a forward thinking organization supporting the growth of startups and small businesses in our community," Ridley said. "I look forward to contributing to the direction of its thriving entrepreneurial culture.”