City of Monroe Recognized as 4-Star Community

Congratulations! For the second year in a row, the City of Monroe has been recognized in contributing to Michigan’s entrepreneurial growth and economic development!

Reprinted from Monroe News
By Monroe News Staff
Posted Nov. 6 at 5:00 pm

The city is one of 178 communities across the state to receive the recognition as part of the annual eCities study conducted by the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Center for Innovation Research (iLabs).

“Increasing economic development and improving the quality of life is a priority for the city council and city administration,” Mayor Robert Clark said in a press release. “By taking proactive measures like mitigating redevelopment challenges, streamlining development processes and laying out a clear vision for the future of our city, we continually strive to improve the relationship with and make the city more attractive to the business and development community. We are grateful and proud of this recognition of our efforts.”

Over the past several years, the city has partnered with county leaders, SEMCOG and the Monroe County Business Development Corp. to pursue and execute strategies to streamline and grow economic development across the city. These partnerships have resulted in projects such as the Telegraph Road Corridor Improvement Plan, a subarea plan for the former La-Z-Boy headquarters site and the River Raisin Heritage Corridor plan, all intended to remove roadblocks to site redevelopment and provide clear expectations to the development community, city officials said.

“This recognition the city has received for the second year in a row is a demonstration of the improving economic development environment the City of Monroe has been diligently working to cultivate,” said Mark Cochran, assistant to the city manager and economic development coordinator. “The leadership of city council and cooperation of our private and public partners and the business community deserve credit for helping us improve our climate and make the city more attractive for entrepreneurs and developers alike.”