Organizing Resources, Leveraging Specialties, Cultivating Business
Local officials and business and community leaders are ramping up efforts to expand economic development programs and recruit more tech-based companies to the region – an undertaking that is already beginning to show promising results.
Grand Traverse County restructured its economic development corporation (EDC) board in 2017, expanding membership from nine to 11 board members and adding more representation from residents – particularly those with business experience – as well as the City of Traverse City and Cherry Capital Airport. Former County Administrator Tom Menzel championed the change, saying the county needed to take a more proactive rule in encouraging economic development and attracting companies to the area that could bring diverse, high-paying jobs.
“The intent (of the reorganization) is to make sure all governmental entities are in sync and alignment as we move forward on economic development issues, so we’re all working together to make things happen,” Menzel said at the time. Read More...
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