Michigan Development Opportunities
When it comes to deciding whether or not to invest in a community, we know a streamlined process can make all the difference. That’s why the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) is working hard to help our communities build predictable, efficient and transparent planning and development processes in order to facilitate long-term growth.
Learn more about available development opportunities offered by our Redevelopment Ready Communities® and Opportunity Michigan programs below.
Opportunity Michigan includes properties specifically suited for dense, mixed-use development in areas throughout Michigan. All communities highlighted in Opportunity Michigan are actively engaged in RRC and are either certified or working toward certification.
Learn more about Opportunity Michigan by downloading our most recent guide posted to the left.
Redevelopment Ready Sites®
The MEDC works in conjunction with local Michigan communities to build strong, community-driven planning and development practices through its Redevelopment Ready Communities® (RRC) program.
Certified RRCs have undergone a rigorous review of their planning and development processes and have invested in creating transparent, efficient and predictable processes that promote investment. By partnering with a RRC certified community, you can help turn a community’s vision into reality while experiencing a smooth development process.
Learn about RRC certified communities and discover available sites below.
Located along the quiet waters of the Little Bay de Noc on the north side of Lake Michigan, the City of Escanaba is positioned in a microclimate colloquially known as the Upper Peninsula’s “Banana Belt”; regarded for its relatively warm winters and long summers. Escanaba is a place brimming with local pride, small town charm, and welcoming attitudes. With so much to be proud of, like its low cost of living, exceptional schools, abundant outdoor recreational opportunities, and a high-class walkable downtown, you’ll wish you were here. Learn more at www.escanaba.org.
The city has been certified since April 2017.
Available sites include the Delft Theatre (907 Ludington Street), the Northern Motors Ford Dealership (1401/19 Ludington Street) and the Escanaba National Bank (723 Ludington Street). Visit the city's redevelopment ready sites page to learn more.
Located in Charlevoix County, Boyne City is a scenic lakefront community that strives to meet the needs of residents, businesses and visitors through a vibrant and thriving downtown, protected shoreline, mix of uses and services to support new and existing businesses. The Boyne City area showcases a wide range of both winter and summer activities and offers many opportunities for investment. Find out more at http://www.cityofboynecity.com/.
The city has been certified since December 2015.
Available properties include 100 North Lake Street, 17 North Park Street, and 101 South Lake Street. You can find more about doing business in Boyne City by visiting the business section of their website for property information, incentives and more.
Serving as the county seat of Manistee County, the city of Manistee and its surrounding area offers an array of activities, from the Lake Michigan shoreline and inland lakes to the newly renovated downtown Vogue Theatre, lighthouses and Manistee National Forest. Find out about the investment opportunities that the city has to offer including the handy Developers Resource Guide by visiting http://www.manisteemi.gov.
The city has been certified since January 2017.
Available properties include 400 River Street, 401 River Street (including adjacent parking lot) and 21 Cypress Street. You can find more about doing business in Manistee by checking out the business section of their website.
There are numerous communities in region 3 on their way to certification. You can check out the RRC Map to see who's currently working toward certification.
Serving as the county seat of Allegan County, the city of Allegan offers an unbeatable combination of small-town atmosphere and community-minded approach. Strategically located on the Kalamazoo River, the riverfront boardwalk, historic downtown and homes and friendly citizens give Allegan its ambience. Learn about the many investment opportunity the city has to offer by visiting http://www.cityofallegan.org/.
The city has been certified since September 2014.
Available properties include 116 Locust Street and 136 Brady. More information can be found on the city's redevelopment ready sites page. You can also learn more about doing business in Allegan by visiting their economic development webpage.
Located in Barry County, the village of Middleville is a small, quaint community that offers affordable, quality living nestled between the urban centers of southwest Michigan. The area is home to the Thornapple River, Yankee Springs Recreational Area, Thornapple State Game Area and Paul Henry Trail. Learn about the many investment opportunities the village has to offer by visiting Middleville's website.
The village has been certified since July 2017.
Available properties include 120 W. Main and 4611 N. M-37 Highway. For more information on the sites and redevelopment in Middleville, check out the city's redevelopment webpage.
Serving as the county seat of Muskegon County, the city of Muskegon offers two local colleges that provide a large presence of young adults in the up-and-coming central business district. The Muskegon area offers activities for all seasons, amazing parks and the Lake Michigan coastline, with the restaurant, brewery, event and entertainment scene growing every year. Visit the city website to learn more, including the Watch Muskegon area marketing effort at http://www.muskegon-mi.gov/.
The city has been certified since September 2016.
Available properties include 880 First Street, 1000 West Western Avenue and 2400 Lakeshore Drive. Access a property information package for 1000 West Western Avenue and learn more about working with the city by visiting their economic development webpage.
There are numerous communities in region 5 on their way to certification. You can check out the RRC Map to see who's currently working toward certification.
There are numerous communities in region 6 on their way to certification. You can check out the RRC Map to see who's currently working toward certification.
Michigan’s capital city blends numerous lifestyle options with a strong economy based on government, education, insurance, healthcare and automobile manufacturing. The city’s ubiquitous high-speed internet service and educated population have created a burgeoning intellectual environment setting the stage for growth in the technology sector. Downtown Lansing’s picturesque skyline, innovative new economy-type businesses and abundant historic buildings combined with its parks, trails and transit options add to Lansing residents’ high quality of life. Downtown Lansing’s new housing developments, eccentric stories of the city’s past and a growing variety of shops and restaurants along the Grand River and throughout the city’s Stadium District add to the city’s appeal. Learn more here: https://www.lansingmi.gov/
Lansing has been certified since October 2017.
Battle Creek is known around the world as the birthplace of the cereal industry, and today continues this legacy of innovation and progress. Respect for local history combined with modern forward thinking has resulted in a community that offers a thriving local and international business community. Battle Creek is home to historic neighborhoods, cultural amenities, an abundance of recreation facilities, and natural resources including lakes, rivers, and forests. A variety of development opportunities exist that allow access to all that the community has to offer.
The city has been certified since March 2018.
The city of Kalamazoo is located in southwestern Michigan and offers a wide assortment of cultural, historical and economic assets that make it an appealing community for residents, businesses and visitors. Kalamazoo hosts the Kalamazoo Promise, three higher learning institutions, two nationally recognized healthcare systems, diverse and affordable housing, award winning water and water reclamation systems, and many parks, lakes, and golf courses. A wide variety of industries and businesses call Kalamazoo home, including major players in the pharmaceutical, medical science, and craft beer industries. The city also offers an assortment of cultural attractions that one might only expect to find in larger metropolitan areas including music, visual art, dance, and theatre.
The city has been certified since December 2017.
Visit the city’s economic development webpage to learn about sites and assistance available for prospective investors.
Serving as the county seat for Calhoun County, the city of Marshall sits prominently positioned to welcome businesses and travelers along both I-69 and I-94 between Detroit and Chicago. The city boasts a rich mercantile history dating back to 1830 when fur trading was its main economic driver. Travelers enjoy touring the city’s many restored sites and the many restaurants and events in the vibrant downtown. Find out more about investment opportunities in the city, including its skilled workforce, by visiting http://www.cityofmarshall.com/.
The city has been certified since December 2016.
Available properties include 210 West Oliver Drive, 924 West Hanover Street and 905 Industrial Road. You can find information on these and other available properties on the city's redevelopment ready sites page. Visit ChooseMarshall to learn more about economic development in the city.
Ypsilanti, commonly known as Ypsi (ip-see), is an exciting city with an abundance of opportunities to live, work and play. As a premiere destination for foodies, festival goers, and artists, Ypsi is the place to be for those seeking authentic cultural experiences. The city is committed to sustainability, recognizing that healthy growth is integral to the future success of the community. With a vast collection of high-quality parks, libraries, museums, Ypsi is also an exceptional place to enjoy for families!
The city has been certified since December 2015.
Available properties include the Waterstreet Redevelopment Area (100 East Michigan Avenue), Trojan Cleaners (20 North Adams Street) and Gilbert Ground Estates (220 North Park Street). More information can be found on the city's business webpage.
Dearborn’s prominent businesses and institutions, multi-cultural residents and traditional downtown charm make Michigan’s eighth-largest city a world-class destination for academics, business investment and entertainment. Dearborn is the world headquarters of the Ford Motor Company, the University of Michigan-Dearborn and the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. With a focus on building on its knowledge economy and advancing the quality of life for its current and future residents, Dearborn is a great place to be! Learn more about Dearborn’s redevelopment opportunities at: https://cityofdearborn.org/.
The city has been certified since November 2017.
A great place to live, work and play, Eastpointe is a residential community with ample shopping areas, businesses, professional services, green spaces and public transportation options. Conveniently located along I-94 and just a mile away from 696, Eastpointe is close to many local destinations and just a short drive to downtown Detroit and the large industrial and manufacturing areas of Warren and Sterling Heights. Find out more about Eastpointe by visiting www.cityofeastpointe.net.
The city has been certified since December 2014.
Eastpointe has numerous properties available for redevelopment. To learn more about these properties and on redevelopment in the city, check out Eastpointe FYI.
Located in southeast Oakland County, the city of Ferndale is home to just under 20,000 residents many of whom are young professionals drawn to the area for its vibrant downtown, exciting nightlife, pedestrian-friendliness, and affordable cost of living. The city's 2017 Master Plan identifies numerous redevelpoment opporrunities and a strong committment to continuing the city's high quality of life. When working with the city you will find staff and leadership at the ready to help grow new businesses or invite existing businesses to experience all that Ferndale has to offer. Be sure to check out the city's website at www.ferndalemi.gov.
The city has been certified since May 2017.
Located in Oakland County, the City of Lathrup Village is home to just over 4,000 residents. With two major arterial roads, the city provides easy access to the regional transportation system. The city is especially interested in proposals which would help increase mixed-use development along Southfield Road in the Village Center District. Find out more about the benefits of investing in Lathrup Village at http://www.lathrupvillage.org/.
The city has been certified since November 2015.
Available properties are primarily along the major arterial of Southfield Road and include 27700 Southfield, 28200 Southfield and 26026 Southfield. More information on these properties can be found on the city's available properties page.
Roseville is a community of over 48,000 residents and was the first community to attain RRC-certification. The city currently includes businesses in the retail, automotive, military, printing and recycling industries (and many more). While the city is almost fully developed, a proactive approach to attracting and retaining businesses over the years has led to reinvestment and expansion of existing properties. The affordable housing stock has created opportunities for families just starting out, as well as those wishing to remain in Roseville. Check out Roseville at http://www.ci.roseville.mi.us.
The city has been certified since August 2014.
As the “center of it all”, Southfield is home to over 10,000 businesses including over 100 Fortune 500 companies. In addition to endless networking opportunities and proximity to downtown Detroit and a major airport, the city also boasts an impressive 98 percentage access rate to high-speed internet – an essential piece of infrastructure for any businesses. The city’s 73,000 residents also enjoy over 770 acres of parkland and a nationally recognized school system. While the city’s past development has been heavily suburban, the city is planning for more concentrated development in certain areas, including the old Northland mall property. Check out Southfield at www.cityofsouthfield.com.
The city has been certified since December 2016.
Available properties include the old Northland Mall redevelopment area. Information on other properties can be found on the Southfield DDA's available properties webpage. You may also wish to visit the city's business page.