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Planning and Economic Development


The success of department initiatives is dependent upon our ability to form collaborative partnerships.  We purposefully connect with many organizations and agencies that provide services and expertise related to our mission to build business and enhance quality of life.  Staff members are actively involved in various committees and boards including:

City of Mount Clemens – Brownfield Redevelopment Authority

The Mount Clemens BRA is responsible for assisting local developers and businesses with the remediation of contaminated or functionally obsolete properties with the objective of returning abandoned and underutilized sites to productive reuse.

Detroit Regional Economic Partnership

The DREP, a principal partner of the EDSG, conducts business attraction activities on behalf of its constituent communities (the 10 counties of Southeast Michigan including the City of Detroit), and private sector members primarily through its three standing committees:

  • North American Investment Committee
  • European Investment Committee
  • Asian Investment Committee

EDSG staff participate in each of these committees, as well as working closely with DREP research and marketing associates.

Environmental Policy Advisory Council (EPAC)

EPAC meets on the second Wednesday of the month, at 12:30 p.m., approximately six times per year. The Council assists in identifying and responding to regional issues involving the quality of the environment and related legislative issues. They advise and recommend action on regional studies, plans, programs, and educational activities in the areas of water quality management, solid waste management, storm drainage, air pollution, the relationship of land use to environmental quality, managing hazardous waste materials, and reuse of contaminated sites. The Council reports to SEMCOG’s Executive Committee.

Metro Growth and Development Corporation

The MGDC, an organization established by the County of Wayne, is a Certified Development Corporation chartered to originate SBA 504 financing for businesses in Wayne and Macomb counties. This financing is available specifically for the purchase of fixed assets, such as buildings, machinery and equipment.

Michigan Global Partnership

A program of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the MGP carries out its business attraction activities on behalf of communities statewide through its three committees:

  • Americas Committee
  • Europe Committee
  • Asia Committee

Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG)

Planning and Mapping Services staff serve as representatives on many Advisory Councils.