For establishing a solid foundation to attract private investment and further build on municipality assets, the city of Hudsonville has been awarded Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) certification, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today.
The MEDC will formally present the award at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15 at Commission Chambers at the beginning of the city commission agenda to recognize the city of Hudsonville’s new designation. Commission Chambers is located at 3275 Central Blvd. in Hudsonville.
The west Michigan city joins 19 other communities that have qualified as “thoroughly prepared” when it comes to planning, zoning along with other key features that remove traditional barriers and promote opportunities for prospective investors. Other certified RRC communities include Allegan, Battle Creek, Boyne City, Dearborn, Eastpointe, Escanaba, Ferndale, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Lathrup Village, Manistee, Marshall, Middleville, Muskegon, Pinckney, Roseville, Southfield, Traverse City and Ypsilanti.
“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. “We look forward to working collaboratively with Hudsonville to create a vibrant community where business and talent want to be, and where a strong sense of community flourishes.”
As an RRC participant, the city of Hudsonville received a comprehensive assessment that measures current community and economic development practices compared to RRC best practice standards. Further, the program evaluates and certifies communities that integrate transparency, predictability and efficiency into economic development practices. Certification status provides a compelling sign that a community has removed development barriers and streamlined processes to be more competitive and attractive to investors.
“The Redevelopment Ready Communities process was extremely valuable for the city of Hudsonville. Through this process we were able to identify a number of areas that we could streamline our procedures and increase communication and transparency with the public,” said Hudsonville City Manager Patrick Waterman. “The RRC certification has already shown significant benefit for redevelopment opportunities in our community, with the MEDC supporting a local development project that will help implement our community vision. As a result of RRC, the City of Hudsonville now has a three-story, multi-use project under construction in our downtown.”