March 10, 2019

The Morning Sun

The city of Mt. Pleasant will be awarded a certification that recognizes its efforts towards redevelopment and attracting investors.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced that Mt. Pleasant will be receive the Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) certification during a city commission meeting on Monday, according to press release sent out by the MEDC on Thursday.

A reception will be held at the at the Middle Michigan Development Corporation building, located at 200 E Broadway St., between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., the release states. City, state and legislative attendees will make remarks on the awarding of the certification. The official awarding of the certification will happen at the city commission meeting at 7 p.m., right after the reception.

Mt. Pleasant will be joining 30 other Michigan communities that have received the certification, including Traverse City, Grand Rapids and Petoskey, among several others.

The certification was given to the city based on how it integrates transparency, predictability and efficiency into its economic practices, according to the release. The certification indicates that the community has allowed for zoning and building practices that make it more “competitive and attractive” to those looking to invest in the city.

“The city of Mt. Pleasant prides itself on being a welcoming community,” said Mayor Will Joseph in the release. “To be the first community in Region 5 to receive this designation, highlighting efficiency and transparency, is truly an honor and speaks volumes to the commitment of our city staff and Commissioners.”

Some of the projects that the MEDC recognized in Mt. Pleasant include the new zoning ordinance that was passed last year, an update to the city’s economic development strategy and the official city rebranding.

“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 MEDC Senior Vice President Katharine Czarnecki in the release. “Mt. Pleasant’s commitment to continuous improvement and community-focused development will pay dividends for many years to come. We look forward to further strengthening our relationship with the city and its other economic development partners.”