“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)
|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|
Four-Star Communities (*denotes best practice community)
|Bath Charter Township||Charter Township of West Bloomfield||City of Adrian|
|City of Dearborn||City of Farmington Hills*||City of Grand Blanc*|
|City of Livonia||City of Mason||City of Mount Clemens|
|City of Norton Shores||City of Plymouth||City of Portage|
|City of Swartz Creek||City of Tecumseh*||City of Trenton|
|City of Ypsilanti||Comstock Charter Township||Flint Charter Township|
|Northville Charter Township||Saginaw Charter Township||Thomas Township|
|Village of Oxford||Village of Quincy|
The eCities study surveyed 76 communities from 25 counties in Michigan that are home to more than 22 percent of Michigan residents and 28 percent with at least a bachelor degree. These communities count for nearly one-fifth of the state’s entrepreneurs who earned more than $1.9 billion self-employed income in total. About 60 percent of these communities have a local business database, more than a quarter provide business improvement grants, and over 40 percent have full-time economic development employees.
“Through eCities, we are able to share tools that can be adapted for use by communities throughout Michigan,” Davis said. “We now have 10 years of data on the strategies and best practices communities are using to successfully attract and retain business.”
The communities were honored Wednesday, November 2, at UM-Dearborn. Support for eCities is provided in part by the DTE Energy Foundation, Comcast, Plante Moran and UM-Dearborn’s College of Business.
The annual eCities research project, which began in 2007, uses data supplied by the participants, as well as other public records to assemble a six-factor, 32-item index of entrepreneurial activity, looking at such factors as clustering, incentives, growth, policies, community and education. The study focuses on entrepreneurship because of its importance to expansion and diversification of Michigan’s regional economies and the impact small businesses have on job creation. To date, more than 200 communities across Michigan have participated in the study.
About University of Michigan-Dearborn?
Founded in 1959 with a gift of just over 200 acres of land and $6.5 million from the Ford Motor Company, University of Michigan-Dearborn is a metropolitan university serving southeastern Michigan, committed to excellence rooted in strong academics, innovative research and programming and civic engagement. The university has 9,100 students pursuing more than 100 bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees in liberal arts and sciences, engineering, business, education and health programs. A top-ranked university with faculty devoted to teaching and students committed to achievement, UM-Dearborn is shaped by its history of partnering with local leaders and communities, and is committed to finding solutions for the challenges that face the region.