FLINT TWP. — The township board has passed a Resolution of Intent to seek certification as a Redevelopment Ready Community (RRC) — a designation that would entitle the township to many state-supported grants and resources. RRC is a voluntary, no-cost certification program designed to promote effective redevelopment strategies through a set of six best practices – community plans and public outreach, zoning regulations, development review process, recruitment and education, having Redevelopment Ready sites and community prosperity (an economic development strategy and marketing plan). At its July 23 meeting, the board heard a presentation from Christopher Germain, Detroit-area regional representative for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). Germain’s presentation included a review of the areas where Flint Township is not yet redevelopment ready and walked through the RRC application process which involves three steps : Engagement, including attending Best Practices trainings; Evaluation and Certification. Part of the the first step is to attend Best Practices trainings, complete a self-assessment of current practices and pass the Resolution of Intent to pursue training. Flint Township officials completed the Best Practices training in April 2017 and submitted its self-assessment in May of 2017. Having passed the Resolution of Intent, the next step -Evaluation- will place Flint Township in a RRC pipeline to await a formal evaluation. Township planners will also spend time working on areas that do not yet meet best practices criteria. Flint Township has met 34 percent of the RRC bet practices and is in the process of completing an additional 54 percent of them according to Germain’s presentation. One of those improvement areas is updating the township’s Master Plan for land use with emphasis on development of the Linden Road Corridor, Corunna Road Corridor and Elms Road Corridor. To complete the final phase – certification – township officials can work at their own pace but must show steady progress towards meeting all of the RRC Best Practices criteria. RRC certification is a formal recognition that a community has a vision for the future and the fundamental practices in place to achieve it. Once certified, Flint Township will have access to additional technical assistance and opportunities to showcase the community to potential developers. Germain’s entire Baseline Report is posted on the township website in the board agenda or can be viewed in the video of the July 23 board meeting. Photo by Rhonda Sanders Chris Germain of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation talked to the township board about the steps to become state certified as a Redevelopment Ready Community. To be competitive, Michigan ready for development communities must have practices in place that include planning for new investment and reinvestment, identifying assets and opportunities, and focusing limited resources. Becoming a Certified Redevelopment Ready Community is expected to help Flint Township attract and retain businesses.