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Mount Pleasant receives Redevelopment Ready Community certificate

Mount Pleasant City Hall building, the Borden building, located at 320 W. Broadway St.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced Mount Pleasant will be awarded the Redevelopment Ready Community certification for its development efforts. 

“The city of Mt. Pleasant prides itself on being a welcoming community,” Mayor Will Joseph told MEDC. “To be the first community in Region 5 to receive this designation, highlighting efficiency and transparency, is truly an honor and speaks volumes to the commitment of our city staff and Commissioners.” 

Mount Pleasant recently undertook several notable projects to reach certification: a new zoning ordinance, an update to the city’s economic development strategy, improvements to the development review process and production of a new brand and marketing strategy — ”Meet Here.” 

“We have developed and implemented new initiatives in the planning and economic development arena to keep our city attractive to not only current and prospective businesses, but residents as well,” City Manager Nancy Ridley told MEDC. “We are happy that the effort, innovative thinking and dedication of our team has been acknowledged, enabling our community to achieve this honored designation.” 

Mount Pleasant joins 30 other Michigan communities qualifying as “thoroughly prepared” as far as removing traditional barriers while planning or zoning and promoting opportunities for prospective investors. Other certified Michigan RRC communities include: Grand Rapids, Grand Haven, Lansing, Traverse City, Ypsilanti and others. 

The MEDC will formally present the award to Mount Pleasant at 4:30 p.m. March 11 at the Middle Michigan Development Corporation. Attendees will hear remarks from those within local, state and legislative branches of government. MEDC representatives will also be on hand at an upcoming Mount Pleasant City Commission meeting for a brief presentation and formal awarding of certification at 7 p.m. March 11 at City Hall. 

The MEDC is focused on growing Michigan’s economy as the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business development, job awareness and community development, according to their website.