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The right to criticize government is also an obligation to know what you are talking about. 
-Lent Upson, 1st Executive Director of CRC  


       Second Edition

Whole Document (160 pages) or Individual Program by category

Introduction

While state and federal agencies offer ample information on economic development programs in Michigan, the absence of a central repository of major programs prompted the Citizens Research Council to attempt such a compendium in 2001. CRC's Survey of Economic Development Programs in Michigan, (CRC Report No. 334, May 2001), categorized and described over 40 federal and state economic development initiatives, and offered the reader an index of programs and program concepts for ease of use. The updated 2007 publication builds upon this effort by updating the descriptions of the 35 federal and state economic development initiatives still in effect, analyzing 8 new initiatives, and expounding program concepts to further aid the reader.

Major program categories include Federal Zone Programs, Grants or Direct Subsidies, Loans, Tax Abatements or Credits, Financing Programs and Tax Authorities, and Job and Employment Training programs. Programs not befitting these are listed as Other Local Unit Economic Development Options and Miscellaneous Authorities, Miscellaneous Grants and Loan Programs, and Miscellaneous Statewide Programs. These program categories include sundry economic development programs, and non-program, statutory adjuncts that facilitate development activities. It is important to note, however, that several programs could be categorized by more than 1 heading. For example, the Freight Economic Development Program is structured as a loan program, but functions as a grant program if employment targets and other incentives are met by the participant. Program classification was predicated, ultimately, on the primary mission of the program.

A previous economic development guide from CRC, Selected Michigan Economic Development Programs - 1997, (CRC Report No. 323, December 1997), offered the reader a uniform set of specific program characteristics in matrix format that allowed for quick comparative feature analysis. The 2001 Survey of Economic Development Programs in Michigan, and this report, retained the uniform set of characteristics format where each program, where possible, is described with the following descriptors:

A previous economic development guide from the Research Council, , (CRC Report No. 323, December 1997), offered the reader a uniform set of specific program characteristics in matrix format that allowed for quick comparative feature analysis. This report retains the uniform set of characteristics format where each program, where possible, is described with the following descriptors:

Enabling Act, Major Amendments and Statutory Citation
Summary Program Description
Benefits and Eligibility Criteria
Terms and Performance Guarantees
Changes Since Program Inception
Data and Source
Discussion

Numerous federal economic development programs are not included here for brevity. These include programs offered by the Federal Economic Development Administration and the Federal Small Business Administration (though the most popular such program from that agency is included here), and various programs offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (with the exception of Enterprise Communities) and Energy. Also, many local and county programs could not be included for the same reasons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Updated October 22, 2007