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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has conditionally appointed a county administrator. 


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After resigning from the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners to apply for a full time job with the county, Conan Smith has now withdrawn from consideration for that position as well.

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The field of finalists for Washtenaw County administrator has been narrowed down to four, and there are now two people in the running for another county position.

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If you ever wanted to serve on the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners, now may be your chance to get on the board quickly. 

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There is a hole to be filled on the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners.     

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The Washtenaw Coordinated Funders has awarded $4.5 million in human services funding to nonprofits in our county. 

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The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office, Michigan Works, and the Regional Chamber of Commerce have partnered to bring employment to young people in the area. 

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The Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development is currently offering mini grants of up to $10,000 to non-profit groups. 

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Report highlights stark contrast in the housing market, from east to west in the county.


If you have some time this week, Washtenaw County would like your input on what to do with the former juvenile center property at Platt Road and Huron Parkway.


Suggestions have ranged from affordable housing to public gardening space to business incubation, but the county Board of Commissioners wants the public to be part of the design process. 


Washtenaw County wants to get a better idea of how great the need is locally for affordable housing, and has launched an online needs assessment to help make that determination.

Paul Montagno is the Sustainable Communities Coordinator for Washtenaw County's Office of Community and Economic Development.

He says this survey will be very helpful in providing policy direction.

Area Small And Home-Based Businesses Surveyed

May 8, 2013

The Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development is funding a survey of small and home-based businesses in our area to find out what they need to be successful. 

WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke with Jessica Meissner about the survey.  Jessica is an economic anthropologist and an advocate for sustainable, community-based economies with The Shed, a business and employment collaborative.

Here's a link to the survey: