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Michigan Economic Development Directory

MI Statewide Economic Development Agencies

Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Michael Finney
President & CEO
300 North Washington Square
Lansing, MI USA 48913
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MI Utilities

Consumers Energy
Allan Hooper
Economic Development Operations Director
One Energy Plaza
Jackson, MI USA 49201
DTE Energy Company
Albert L. Fields
Manager, Economic Development
2000 Second Avenue
Detroit, MI USA 48226
Michigan Gas Utilities
Paul Livernois
Manager, Community Relations & Economic Development
899 South Telegraph Road
Monroe, MI USA 48161-4005
Yellowstone Valley Electric Co-op.
Terry Holzer
General Manager
150 Cooperative Way, P.O. Box 249
Huntley, MI USA 59037-0249

MI Regional Economic Development Agencies

LeapInc. (Lansing Economic Area Partnership)
Ray de Winkle, CEcD, EDFP
Senior VP, Global Business Development
500 East Michigan Avenue, Suite 102
Lansing, MI USA 48912
517-702-3387 205
Southwest Michigan First
Ronald R. Kitchens, CEcD
President & CEO
P.O. Box 50827
Kalamazoo, MI USA 49005-0827

MI County Economic Development Agencies

Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County, MI
Dan Casey
735 Erie Street, Suite 250
Port Huron, MI USA 48060
St. Clair County, Michigan-The Foreign Trade Capital. International Border Crossing (U.S./Canada), Deep Water Port, Double Stack Rail, Affordable labor & construction, FTZ Zone & Major Market Access without delays!
Clinton County Economic Alliance (CCEA)
John Czarnecki
President & CEO
12800 Escanaba Drive, Suite D
DeWitt, MI USA 48820
Economic Development Wayne County
Mulu Birru
Executive Director
600 Randolph, Room 323
Detroit, MI USA 48226
Macomb County Department of Planning/Economic Development
Steve Cassin
Executive Director
1 South Main Street, 7th Floor
Mount Clemens, MI USA 48043
Midland Tomorrow
Scott Walker
300 Rodd Street, Suite 201
Midland, MI USA 48640
Oakland County Economic Development Corporation
Maureen Krauss
Director, Economic Development & Community Affairs
2100 Pontiac Lake Road
Waterford, MI USA 48328
Saginaw Future Inc.
JoAnn Crary, CEcD
515 North Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor
Saginaw, MI USA 48607

MI City Economic Development Agencies

Battle Creek Unlimited
Doug Voshell
Marketing Director
4950 West Dickman Road

Battle Creek, MI USA 49037

City of Dearborn Economic & Community Development Department
Barry Murray
13615 Michigan Avenue

Dearborn, MI USA 48126

City of Grand Rapids
Dan Oegema
Economic Development Coordinator
300 Monroe NW

Grand Rapids, MI USA 49503

City of Novi Economic Development
Ara Topouzian
45175 West Ten Mile Road

Novi, MI USA 48375

City of Warren
Gina Cavaliere
Director of Community, Economic and Downtown Development
Onew City Square, Suite 215

Warren, MI USA 48089-6726

Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
George Jackson
President & CEO
500 Griswold Street, Suite 2200

Detroit, MI USA 48226

Economic Development Corporation of Sterling Heights
Luke Bonner
Economic Development Manager
40555 Utica Road, P.O. Box 8009

Sterling Heights, MI USA 48311-8009

Livonia Chamber of Commerce
Dan West
33233 Five Mile Road

Livonia, MI USA 48154

Michigan State Incentives

BUSINESS TAX REFORM: The unpopular Michigan Business Tax (MBT) will be replaced effective January 1, 2012 with a simpler and competitive corporate income tax. What does this mean? All industries are in line for significant tax cuts. Lower rates will tax C corporations at 6 percent on federal taxable income apportioned to Michigan. Other entities—individuals, partnerships and LLCs—have income flow to their personal income tax. It is expected that 100,000 businesses will pay no business taxes. The personal income tax rate remains 4.35 percent and is scheduled to decline to 4.25 percent in 2013. The new simplified tax system eliminates a laundry list of MBT credits and deductions. The alternative business income tax for small business remains intact. When the 2012 tax changes take effect, Michigan is projected to rank #13 in the Tax Foundation’s U.S. overall business tax climate ranking, and #22 for corporate taxes, up from #48.

PURE MICHIGAN BUSINESS CONNECT: Michigan businesses now have new ways to buy and sell, raise capital and connect with one another. Pure Michigan Business Connect is a $3 billion public-private economic gardening initiative matching people with resources and strengthening relationships to fuel economic growth, including:

  • venture capital, debt financing, collateral support, other funding assistance
  • customized market research
  • executive and professional talent search assistance
  • training support
  • customized site searches
  • ombudsman services
  • entrepreneur services
  • export assistance
  • legal services
  • matchmaking with Michigan suppliers

NEW INCENTIVE PROGRAMS FOR BUSINESS, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: New economic development and community revitalization programs will provide $100 million in incentives for highly competitive projects in Michigan.

The Michigan Business Development and Michigan Community Revitalization Programs replace the state’s previous MEGA, Brownfield and Historic tax credit programs that were features of the old Michigan Business Tax.

The Michigan Business Development Program will provide grants, loans or other economic assistance of up to $10 million to businesses that are creating qualified new jobs and making new investments in Michigan. Factors to be considered in making these awards include: out-of-state competition, private investment in the project, business diversification opportunities, near-term job creation, wage and benefit levels of the new jobs, and net-positive return to the state. Business retention and retail projects are not eligible for consideration of these incentives.

The Michigan Community Revitalization Program will provide grants, loans, or other economic assistance of up to $10 million to projects that will revitalize regional urban areas, act as a catalyst for additional investment in a community, reuse vacant or historic buildings and promote mixed use and sustainable development.

NEW TALENT PORTAL: Through the MEDC Job Portal, employers can register to post openings and work closely with the MEDC’s Talent Acquisition team to devise strategies to meet their talent needs. Companies posting on the Job Portal will also have access to the MEDC’s other talent acquisition services, including targeted marketing and social media outreach, career events, assistance with identifying relocation services and a triage approach to addressing hard-to-fill positions and hiring challenges. The portal also allows job seekers to search for positions around the state, create profiles and add their resumes to the talent database. The MEDC Job Portal is currently being used in concert with the Michigan Talent Bank. Both systems are working together to effectively connect Michigan’s businesses and job seekers.

COST-CUTTING & OMBUDSMAN SERVICES: The MEDC helps companies save money through Workers’ Compensation Cost Control Service. Companies are also assisted in finding property for expansions. The Business Ombudsman Office provides impartial, independent and confidential assistance in resolving disputes and investigating business complaints against state government agencies.

FEDERAL CONTRACT ASSISTANCE: With the growing need for qualified defense contractors, the Michigan Defense Center strategically connects defense industry buyers and prime contractors with Michigan based-companies. In addition, Procurement Technical Assistance Centers assist companies throughout the entire government procurement process from pre-award to post-award. MEDC also tracks federal grant programs and makes companies aware of opportunities and offer letters of support where applicable.

PATENT/TRADEMARK WORK: In conjunction with Michigan law firms and the Small Business Technology Development Center network, the MEDC is launching an initiative to make available pro bono services in the IP sectors of patents, trademark and copyright laws.


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