COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT LINKS

 

Economic Development Administration

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) was established under the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 3121), as amended, to generate jobs, help retain existing jobs, and stimulate industrial and commercial growth.

 

Michigan Economic Development Corporation

The MEDC’s mission is keeping good jobs in Michigan and attracting more of them.  Their mandate includes: attracting new business to Michigan; keeping businesses in Michigan and helping them grow; providing information on Michigan and its industries; site location assistance, financial assistance; employee recruitment and training; and coordination of site development, resources, and services.

 

Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created by Congress in 1953 to help America's entrepreneurs form successful small enterprises.  The SBA’s mission is to maintain and strengthen the nation's economy by aiding, counseling, assisting and protecting the interests of small businesses and by helping families and businesses recover from national disasters.  SBA's program offices in every state offer financing, training and advocacy for small firms.  In addition, the SBA works with thousands of lending, educational and training institutions nationwide.

 

Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center

The Michigan Small Business & Technology Development CenterSM network provides a full range of services for a variety of small businesses that are emerging and growing throughout Michigan – new venture companies, existing small businesses, expanding businesses, new technology companies, and innovators.  The MI-SBTDC is known throughout Michigan for its quality counsel, training and market research capabilities.  The Seidman School of Business at Grand Valley State University is the home of the State Headquarters for the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center network.

 

The Right Place, Inc.

Founded in 1985, The Right Place, Inc. is a regional, non-profit economic development organization that is directed by a board consisting of business and community leaders.  Its mission is to promote area economic growth through high-quality employment, productivity, and technology.  To do so, the program focuses on retaining existing jobs, supporting local business growth, and attracting new businesses to the Greater Grand Rapids area.

 

Michigan Works!

The Michigan Works! System is a customer-driven workforce development system that serves employers and job seekers to ensure that employers have the skilled workers they need and workers have good jobs that provide economic self-sufficiency.  The heart of this system is the Michigan Works! Service Centers.  There are over 100 Service Centers providing locally designed and operated services to meet local labor market needs.  The Michigan Works! System is open to everyone for information gathering, local and state labor market information, and self-serve career information, including necessary skill levels for good jobs.

 

Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center

Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (MMTC) provides Michigan’s small and medium sized manufacturers with operational assessment, process improvement training, mentoring services, website technical assistance and market diversification tactics.  Their vision is to be the principal source of high performance business and technical assistance for Michigan's small to mid-sized manufacturers and the partner of choice for the economic development community.  Their impact goes beyond the factory floor to create a ripple effect of positive sustainable impact on business, its workforce, and the community.  Headquartered in Plymouth, the MMTC has five affiliate offices located in Flint, Grand Rapids, Marquette, Saginaw, and Traverse City to serve Michigan manufacturers.

 

Michigan Business One Stop

The One Stop Business Center is designed to help individuals start and manage their Michigan business.  The website includes an assortment of valuable tools, links, and other resources.

 

Michigan Economic Developers Association (MEDA)

The Michigan Economic Developers Association (MEDA), founded in 1960, exists to advance economic development throughout Michigan, and increase the individual member’s effectiveness in the economic development profession.  The association’s goal is to provide a variety of services and programs which will enhance members' abilities and skills in economic development.  Through education, legislative updates, public relations and networking, MEDA makes it possible for its members to do their jobs more efficiently and effectively.

 

Michigan State University Center for Community and Economic Development

MSU's EDA (Economic Development Administration) University Center for Regional Economic Innovation (REI) is a broad-based dynamic and robust network that is discovering and communicating regionally innovative economic development ideas, tools, policies, and practices.

 

Michigan Downtown Association

The Michigan Downtown Association was formed to encourage good development, redevelopment and improvement of communities throughout the State of Michigan, with special emphasis on downtown areas within the State. MDA members include any person, organization or government body within the State of Michigan that supports economic development.

 

Lakeshore Advantage

Founded in 2003 by area business and community leaders from across the region, Lakeshore Advantage is delivering economic development services in a new way – delivering high level business growth and attraction services, launching a new wave of entrepreneurialism, and driving an innovation agenda to help move our region forward.

 

 

COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATIONS

 

Allegan County Economic Development

Director:  Nora Balgoyen-Williams

3255 – 122nd Avenue – Suite 102

Allegan, MI 49010

Phone: 269-686-5311

     

Ionia County Economic Alliance

at The Right Place, Inc.

Contact:  Morgan Carroll

Phone: 231-286-9497

 

Kent County

Contact The Right Place, Inc. (listed above)

 

Mecosta County Development Corporation

246 North State Street

Big Rapids, MI 49307

Phone: 231-592-3403

Toll Free: 800-632-6782

Fax: 231-592-4085

 

Montcalm Economic Alliance

Contact:  Kathy Jo Vanderlaan

The Right Place, Inc.

125 Ottawa Avenue NW – Suite 450

Grand Rapids, MI  49503

Phone: 616-771-0325

Fax: 616-771-0555

 

Osceola County Community & Economic Development

Contact:  Dan Massy

301 West Upton

Reed City, MI  49677

Phone: 231-832-7397

Fax: 231-832-6197

 

Ottawa County Planning & Performance Improvement

Economic Development

Director:  Paul Sachs

12220 Fillmore Street – Room 260
West Olive, MI  49460
Phone:
616-738-4852
Fax:
616-738-4625