Hancock certified as a Redevelopment Ready Community

What’s happening: The City of Hancock is open for business and the State of Michigan wants everyone to know it. Hancock has been officially certified as a Redevelopment Ready Community, announced the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, making the city of Houghton County the 66th such community to be included in the exclusive statewide program.

What is it: The Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) program provides Michigan communities with a collection of best practices for economic development that, once adopted, demonstrate to investors that the community is an attractive place to do business. Developed by both the private and public sectors, the RRC program emphasizes transparency, predictability and efficiency in economic development. Community planning efforts, zoning and development review guidelines, board and commission structure, economic development and marketing practices, and identification of priority remediation sites are all considered in certifying a remediation-ready community.

What it means: Now that Hancock has been certified, the city has expanded access to Michigan Economic Development Corporation resources. This includes technical support and match funding, website marketing support and the opportunity to work with the Redevelopment Services team which includes partnerships in the areas of site analysis, RFP/RFQ development, site design, environmental assessments, marketing support and developer matchmaking events.

Why it matters: “It is a tremendous honor and achievement for the City of Hancock to be recognized as an RRC Certified Municipality. We are excited about the additional opportunities and resources that are now available through the MEDC. This certification is another reason to be optimistic about the future of Hancock,” said the city’s mayor, Paul LaBine.

“We believe this gives potential developers, residents and investors more confidence to become a part of the community as Hancock is a thriving city with a lot to offer. We have achieved this through the combined efforts of all City staff, our City Council, Planning Commission, public participation and the Downtown Development Authority, building on our current strengths and introducing new processes to fully meet RRC standards. In particular, Mary, our city manager, and the late Deb Mann, our DDA coordinator, deserve credit for their efforts to achieve this certification, which has placed Hancock in a strong position for future growth.”

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