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.
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.
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
Ionia County Economic Alliance
at The Right Place, Inc.
Contact: Morgan Carroll
Contact The Right Place, Inc. (listed above)
Mecosta County Development Corporation
246 North State Street
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Toll Free: 800-632-6782
Montcalm Economic Alliance
Contact: Kathy Jo Vanderlaan
The Right Place, Inc.
125 Ottawa Avenue NW – Suite 450
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Osceola County Community & Economic Development
Contact: Dan Massy
301 West Upton
Reed City, MI 49677
Ottawa County Planning & Performance Improvement –
Director: Paul Sachs
Street – Room 260
West Olive, MI 49460