Michigan has undergone several changes in the last few years – population declines, job loss and recovery, industry shifts. This changing landscape has forced businesses and leaders in the state to appreciate new ideas, embrace new concepts for development and shift the approach in how to rebuild communities, cities and counties.
Placemaking is one approach cities and smaller communities are taking to make themselves more attractive and to entice visitors and potential new residents. Embracing entrepreneurial activity is also another strategy seen as valuable path to building better communities.
The Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County has identified a 10-step approach they have determined to be their “road to prosperity,” according to Chief Executive Officer, Dan Casey.