From attracting and retaining businesses to new construction projects, economic development is an important issue in every community. Ann Arbor voters head to the polls August 5th and economic development will be among the issues voters consider when casting their ballot for one of the four Mayoral candidates.
The Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti Regional Chamber has heard what its member businesses are looking for. What the members want is for the city to provide more help in promoting a healthier local economy. The University of Michigan is often noted as an economic engine for Ann Arbor and the region. But, what of Ann Arbor? What's it's role?
Chamber Vice President Andy LaBarre says members have expressed a desire for more emphasis on infrastructure improvements and maintenance. LaBarre says economic development needs to be delivered with transparency and efficiency, "Validate the good work being done, and explain how it's a good use of taxpayer dollars. And that's not just economic development. That's for anything."
Additionally, there is a push to take better advantage of the area's institutions of higher education to attract and retain more talent.
Where do the Mayoral candidates line up on economic Development? We'll have that part of the story for you Monday during Morning Edition and All things Considered.