Michigan Suburbs Alliance
, an organization working to revitalize Metro Detroit’s inner ring suburbs, will host its annual Mayors and Managers Breakfast on Feb. 22 in Dearborn Heights. The event’s primary topic will be "Energy Efficiency and the Economy."
MSA is encouraging its members, which include Ferndale, Dearborn and Berkley, to look at energy as a cross-jurisdictional matter, much like roads and water. The organization sees clean and reliable energy as an asset that will help evolve southeastern Michigan’s economy into one that is knowledge-based.
Policy issues that will be discussed at the event include the prioritization of energy efficiency by offering local tax credits, investing in alternate energy sources and exploring the potential for public-private collaborations.
MSA also recently named its second group of Redevelopment Ready cities
: Grosse Pointe Woods, Hamtramck, Lincoln Park, Mount Clemens, Rockwood, and Roseville. Redevelopment Ready designation indicates that the municipality has demonstrated an ability to streamline the development process for a would-be investor.
Applicants are rated on stakeholder and community commitment, having a documented redevelopment plan that includes detailed visioning for specific development sites, training for elected officials and relevant city staff, financial incentive packages, progressive zoning guidelines, a marketing plan, and a streamlined and predictable redevelopment review process.
Last year, Hazel Park, Southfield, River Rouge, Eastpointe and Ypsilanti were appointed as the initial designees.
For more information about the Mayors and Managers Breakfast, click here
. Source: MSA