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Posted on: November 27, 2018

UM-Dearborn’s iLabs’ eCities research recognizes Sterling Heights for supporting business

Sterling Heights has been recognized for its successes and efforts in contributing to Michigan’s entrepreneurial growth and economic development in the annual eCities study.

The study was conducted by researchers at iLabs, University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Center for Innovation Research. Sterling Heights was honored as a five star community due to an ongoing commitment in fostering a strong economic climate conducive to business growth and reinvestment.

“I am pleased that the City is being recognized for cutting edge economic development programs. The VELOCITY Collaboration Center, the Macomb OUINCubator, the Michigan Cyber Range, the Michigan Defense Center and soon to be Robotics Collaboration Center are all located in Sterling Heights. It is no coincidence that the businesses have invested billions of dollars in the City over the past 10 years,” said Mayor Michael C. Taylor.

The eCities study analyzed publicly available data from 277 communities from 54 counties in Michigan. Researchers focused on the five-year changes in property values, community assets, and tax rates, which can demonstrate the growth, investments and cost of doing business within the community. For example, over the five-year period of 2013-2017, these communities increased their capital assets by an average of 2 percent per year by investments such as street and building improvements, technology, and emergency vehicles and equipment.

“While accounting for only about 15 percent of the cities and townships in Michigan, the 277 communities analyzed are home to 70 percent of the population and 85 percent of the state’s commercial property,” said Tim Davis, director, iLabs. “By analyzing these high-performing communities, our goal is to showcase what cities and townships are doing to spur growth and how we can continue to support their efforts in developing business and encouraging entrepreneurs.”

Sterling Heights will be acknowledged Thursday, Nov. 29, during the Executive Speaker Series panel discussion, which will discuss Michigan’s economic growth, including key areas such as capital, infrastructure, industry, and the ecosystem. The panel, moderated by Dr. Brian Patrick Green, Czarnecki Collegiate Professor, UMDearborn College of Business, will feature William Adams, Senior International Economist, PNC Financial Services Group; Maureen Miller Brosnan, Executive Director, Michigan Venture Capital Association; Kristina Kolbas, SVP Enterprise Services, Quicken Loans; and Jeff Marston, V.P. of Business Services, Comcast Business, Heartland Region. The event, hosted by WWJ Newsradio 950’s Murray Feldman of the Feldman Report, is free, but registration is required.

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