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US EDA funding spurs economic development project in southeast Michigan

The planners at Clearzoning, Inc. have recently been tapped to assist the City of Wixom, MI with the preparation of an Economic Development Strategy. This study is funded, in part, with a US Economic Development Administration grant.

We have assembled a team that includes Brent Eastman of Identity PR of Bingham Farms, MI, branding and public relations specialists based in Oakland County, and Howard Kohn of The Chesapeake Group of Cadillac, MI and Baltimore, MD to partner on this project. Howard Kohn, president of The Chesapeake Group has over 40 years of experience in market analysis and economic development planning. The project has three main components:

  • Understanding the City’s assets and creating strategies fill gaps in the market for industrial, retail, and research and development businesses;
  • Creating an efficient land development review process within the City;
  • Assisting the City in the development of its unique “brand voice”—an understanding of who the City is, what it has to offer, and how that message is best shared.

On May 15, Rod Arroyo met with several area businesses to give an overview presentation of the project. This summer, along with extensive research, our team will survey and interview local businesses and residents to learn more about the local workforce and the needs of local businesses. Strategies to strengthen the attractiveness of the workforce through education and specialized training will be developed. In addition, we will look for opportunities to facilitate collaborations between existing businesses and potential new businesses. We look forward to working with this community over the next several months.