Allegan closes in on MEDC certification

Virginia Ransbottom, Staff Writer

The City of Allegan is about six months away from becoming certified as a Redevelopment Ready Com­munity by the Michigan Economic Development Cor­­p­oration. 

Allegan could possibly be the first to receive the designation by the state of Michigan, said Redevel­opment Ready Communities planner Michelle Parkkonen, while presenting evaluation findings.
City manager Rob Hillard said once a community is certified as “redevelopment ready,” they are first in line to be introduced by the state to potential business in­vestors. The purpose of the certification process is to ensure communities show transparency in rules for development which creates a streamlined experience for investors, businesses and residents.
Parkkonen said in a time when businesses can locate anywhere in the world, a community dedicated to a proactive approach for redevelopment and straightforward procedures will stand out. 

For full story, pick up a copy of the April 17 issue of The Allegan County News or subscribe to the e-edition.

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