Monday, September 12, 2011

Michael Finney addresses local government officials and leaders.

Michael A. Finney, the President and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC),  the State of Michigan’s lead economic development agency, was in West Michigan and addressed local officials and leaders.  Finney is responsible for executing Governor Snyder’s economic development strategy.

Finney explained the current "Pure Michigan Campaign" and redefined Michigan as a place where, simply put, we are good at "making things"and that our current strength is still manufacturing. He acknowledged that this also included "growing things", referring to our strong agricultural production. He referred numerous times to food processing plants, which Alpine Township would love to be home to. He stressed the importance of working with local economic development agencies such as "The Right Place", an organization that Alpine Township is partnering and is our direct source towards any Michigan programs that may be offered.
Michael Finney with Grand Valley Metro Council Executive Director Don Stypula

Some of the approximately 35 people in attendance

Why Alpine Township is ideal for any industrial development, but particularly food processing

Alpine Township is located 4 miles north of Downtown Grand Rapids, yet over 75% of its land is zoned agricultural. The agricultural zoned land is separated by M-37 (Alpine Ave) which is one of the busiest commercial strips in West Michigan. There is easy access from major interstate highways I-96 and US 131 with 5 exits located within a mile of Township boundaries. Housing options include renting from one of the largest multi housing complexes in Michigan to the purchase of very exclusive homes. There are vacant and fully developed industrial lots available, some with rail accessibility. The Alpine Township Office has an open door policy with officials and staff being very accessible and committed to work with prospective property owners and tenants. They have a history of granting tax abatements and work closely with The Right Place, the West Michigan Economic Development Agency.

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