The Economic Development Unit works on issues pertaining to municipal economic growth. To this extent, the unit conducts research on “best practices” of municipal economic incentives, analyzes economic and survey data, and provides technical assistance to organizations and municipal governments.
The Economic Development Unit has conducted several economic impact studies which measure the economic contribution and impact of various organizations and groups through Southeast Michigan. The unit has also completed program evaluations for businesses and market vendors in the region, and has completed an extensive study on the foreclosure crisis in Macomb County.
Our research on economic development approaches, along with surveys of local governments throughout southeast Michigan has put us in a unique position to understand and work with these governments in a strategic manner to help bolster their local economies.
Director, Center for Urban Studies