Center for Innovation Research

eCities 2016 Luncheon

On Wednesday, November 2nd, communities were recognized for entrepreneurial development.

Six communities across the state of Michigan have been identified for the strategies they employ to foster entrepreneurial growth and economic development, according to the annual eCities study. The study, conducted by iLabs, University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Center for Innovation Research, identified the City of Farmington Hills, City of Grand Blanc, City of Hillsdale, City of Romulus, City of Sault Ste. Marie and City of Tecumseh for their strategies, innovative programs and best practices geared toward business development.

“The eCities project highlights how local governments from across the state of Michigan are cultivating and supporting economic development. These communities show how local governments can work in distinct and strategic ways to energize public spaces, while investing in businesses and job development,” said Tim Davis, director, iLabs.

Also, an additional 40 communities are recognized as five-and four-star performers.

Five-Star Communities (*denotes best practice community)
Five-star communities have commercial constructions worth over $875 million, having issued over 2000 construction permits. They have more than $29 billion in combined real and personal properties. They have more than $21 million in additions to assets in the past year and with about 10% of the employed population being self-employed.

Ann Arbor Charter Township Cascade Charter Township Charter Township of Meridian
City of Ann Arbor City of Coldwater City of Dexter  
City Farmington City of Grandville City of Madison Heights  
City of Marquette City of Midland City of Mount Pleasant  
City of Novi City of Oak Park City of Romulus*  
City of Sault Ste. Marie* City of Sturgis City of Wixom  
Delta Charter Township Kochville Township Pittsfield Township  
Plymouth Township    

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