Eastern Leaders Group
Message from the Co-Chairs
Making an impact in our local community
The Eastern Leaders Group truly made an impact in 2012! From our Annual Spring Summit featuring Economic Partnerships, Quality of Place data, and collaborative Secondary School Options to our ongoing Microloan, Commercial Redevelopment and Gap Financing Programs, we’re continuing to see positive and lasting changes in Eastern Washtenaw County.
Over the past four years, our programs have leveraged over $3.5 Million in federal, state, local and private funding, created 372 jobs and retained 224 jobs. Thanks to our WISD and school district partners, we see our five secondary option schools thriving by offering our students technology-infused and skills-based learning experiences and the opportunity to earn college credits while still in high school. Thanks to the City of Ypsilanti, the Ypsilanti DDA, and property owners, we have a revitalized West Cross Street through streetscape improvements and the redevelopment of 13 commercial properties along this corridor. And, our microloan and gap financing programs have assisted the expansion of 16 local companies.
In 2012, we continued our business incubator, microloan and gap financing programs and our support for the success of our secondary options. One of our greatest successes in 2012 was the creation of the LiveYpsi Program to incentivize EMU faculty and staff to purchase homes in the area and become engaged members of our community. Due to the success of this program and the generosity of our supporters, we’ll be doing a second round of this popular initiative in 2013.
New Plans for 2013
- A new Façade Grant program with the Ypsilanti DDA
- Support economic opportunity in the Food Systems Sector
- The creation of a local Wayfinding Program
- The establishment of a Local Purchasing Program to help keep our dollars in Washtenaw County
Our success continues to rely on our local partners. We are fortunate to have the resources of Washtenaw County and the support of our municipalities, universities, school districts, economic organizations, private businesses, and a host of local non-profits and secondary education stakeholders.
We look forward to another great year of collaborating to meet the immediate and long-term economic and quality of life needs of Eastern Washtenaw County. Thanks for your part in making these priorities a reality!
We look forward to another great year of collaborating to meet the immediate and long-term economic and quality of life needs of Eastern Washtenaw County.
Thanks for your part in making these priorities a reality!
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