At the November 2017 Board of Directors' meeting, the Monroe County BDC Board approved the go ahead on the implementation of the Monroe County Link Plan.
An organizational meeting, led by OHM Advisors Aaron Domini, brought together the original Management Team and the newly designated Team Captains. The kickoff meeting took place January 12, 2018, which included all Team Captains and their selected Team Members.
We have a fantastic group of Team Captains to lead their chosen Action Teams for each of the Pillars. These leaders have demonstrated they are persons of action and will work diligently and lead Action Teams to complete the action steps defined in the Plan.
The Team Captains are as follows:
The Monroe County Link Plan has been designed as a 5-year plan. As you read through the Action Steps, you will see that while some may be readily achievable, others will take time and coordination with multiple stakeholders.
Although the Plan and its 6-Pillars and related Action Steps will take time to complete, the Management Team believes the effort expended will pay dividends over time.
A plan of this magnitude will not come without a cost. We expect to log many volunteer hours from the work of the Action Teams. Cold hard cash will be necessary to complete the plan. The BDC, who has oversight on the Plan and its implementation, will need to employ additional staff and there will be meeting costs along with marketing costs.
The Monroe County BDC has began applying for grants and are seeking support from both governmental units as well as the business community.
We actually have received our first contribution from a grant through Consumers Energy! On January 12, 2018, the Consumers Energy Foundation contributed $200,000 to the Monroe County BDC's Monroe County Link Plan. We are thankful for their generous support of this important economic development strategy plan.
If you and/or your organization would like to support the Monroe County Link Plan, please contact the BDC for further information.
You may view the proposed Monroe County Link budget projections below in the Downloadable Files section.
The strengths of Monroe County's economy lie in its geography and infrastructure. In 2016, a study of the I-75 Corridor was conducted to determine the amount of development property along the corridor and markets that are most suitable for taking advantage of the corridors' attributes. The study has identified 8 Priority Development Areas that may be advantageous for a variety of businesses and industry. Please see the downloads page below for the multiple reports generated from the study.
Monroe County is the anchor of a region that has geographic and infrastructure advantages for the logistic sector. The county has 26 qualified individuals for every open logistics job.
For the very reason Monroe County is a great place for business and industry, it is also a great place to live. With its small town atmosphere and close proximity to both Detroit and Toledo, Ohio, there is always something to do!