Great things are happening in Lyon Township and I love being a part of such dynamic environment. I was hired this past summer by the Lyon Downtown Development Authority (DDA) to jump start its economic development efforts, and to reduce costs associated with the day-to-day administration and management of DDA business, projects and programs.
Recently, I presented Township elected and appointed officials with a comprehensive pre-planning assessment tool designed to gauge their perceptions and understanding of economic development activities and conditions in the community. With this tool I will analyze the Township's strengths and weaknesses, and overall preparedness to retain existing businesses, attract new businesses and residents, and grow small businesses within the Township and in New Hudson, the Township's downtown business district.
In a little over three months, I have initiated steps to help Township officials strengthen their local economy, and saved them nearly $60,000, in the process.