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Redevelopment Ready Communities: Advancing Sustainable Economic Development Through Inclusion

January 2022 - April 2022

Executive Summary

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation's Redevelopment Ready Communities Program (RRC) helps Michigan communities build effective zoning ordinances, streamline their development review processes, and design stakeholder engagement practices to incentivize community-driven economic growth. As an RRC fellow, the student helped the City of Lincoln Park obtain RRC certification by updating the city's public participation plan, mapping the city’s development review process, and cultivating a working relationship with Lincoln Park’s Hispanic entrepreneurial community. Through the work, Lincoln Park was able to more fully engage its growing Black and Hispanic entrepreneurial communities. Similarly, this partnership produced a community engagement strategy, a development staff training plan, and a functional map of the city's development review process. Working with the City of Lincoln Park taught the student how municipalities build political consensus to advance inclusive economic development strategies.

Community Partners

Michigan Economic Development Corporation

City of Lincoln Park, Michigan

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Liz Gerber

Elisabeth Gerber

Jack L. Walker, Jr. Collegiate Professor of Public Policy; Director, Program for Practical Policy Engagement; Professor of Political Science (by courtesy); Research Associate, Center for Political Studies; Faculty Innovator in Residence, Center for Academic Innovation (on sabbatical leave)

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735 S. State St. #5228
Ann Arbor, MI, 48109