Ford Rd. 2020 is a conceptual design master plan providing a long-term physical vision for the Ford Rd. Corridor between Wayne Rd. and Central City Pkwy. The "plan" provides for a variety of potential improvements which include significant buildings, updated and common architectural designs and "village green" open space areas for special events, farmer's markets and civic gathering spaces and parks all designed to provide connection to and from the "City Center" including City Hall Complex, Central City Park and recent developments between the City hall complex and the Westland Shopping District.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR BUSINESSES
Join us for the inaugural Western Wayne Business Leadership Banquet, Tuesday, October 8th starting at 5:00 P.M. Get more information and reserve your spot by downloading the Flyer and Registration Form.
If you own a Westland based business and are looking for local, reliable, and skilled talent then post your job opportunites on the City of Westland's web site. Thousands of our All American Westland residents visit our web site every day. Complete this simple FORM and return it to our Economic Development department and let our web site help you find your next employee.
A Team Approach to Economic Development
Our Team approach is based on the principles of retention, expansion, attraction and leadership. The City of Westland wants you to succeed and we share your priorities of completing a project on time and on budget. The Team collaborates with you to provide one point of contact, a fast response to your needs, and the flexibility required to achieve your goals.
Our Fast-Track to Business Team, which consists of the Mayor, City Council President, Planning Director/Building Director, Economic Development Director, Planning Commission Chairman and Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman can be assembled quickly to craft a development plan that will help "cut the red tape" and expedite the approval process.
For more information on doing business in the City of Westland, please contact Lori Fodale, Economic Development Director at (734) 467-3264.
Various tools are used to recruit new businesses, make infrastructure improvements, and help existing firms expand:
Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (BRA) - Established in 1997, the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority uses tax increment financing to help remediate environmentally affected sites in the community. The first development plan was recently approved by the City Council. The Authority is governed by a nine-member board appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council.
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Economic Development Corporation (EDC) - The corporation provides below market rate financing for eligible firms, with $23 million awarded to 15 projects since being established in 1976. The EDC is governed by a nine-member board appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council.
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Tax Increment Finance Authority (TIFA) - Established in 1986 and under the supervision and control of the EDC, this authority is implementing an infrastructure improvement plan within a specified district. Improvements have included construction of the William P. Faust Public Library and adjacent performance pavilion, numerous road widening and utility projects, lighting and landscaping improvements.
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Local Development Finance Authority (LDFA) - This 11-member board representing four taxing jurisdictions is implementing a development plan to improve a 2.5-mile section of the Newburgh Road corridor. Since its start in 1992, the Local Development Finance Authority has completed road widenings, traffic signal enhancements, and a CSX railroad/Newburgh Road grade separation, using federal ISTEA funds, state TEDF grants, and City major road funds.
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Downtown Development Authority (DDA) - Established in 1996, the DDA is governed by an 11-member board appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council. The Downtown Development Authority is implementing an improvement and business development plan in a commercial district along Ford Road and Wayne Road south of Ford. An economic enhancement strategy developed by the nationally recognized consulting firm of HyettPalma is now underway. The DDA also helps firms by providing design assistance for redevelopment of commercial properties.
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The Economic Development-Planning Department promotes the community as a good place to live and work through business attraction and retention activities.
In fact, The City of Westland was one of the first cities in the state to establish a full-time Department of Economic Development. The staff writes grants, administers various contracts, helps boards, and maintains a database of information about the City.
Michigan Business One Stop streamlines and bundles hundreds of state processes together for businesses to access via a "one stop" shop. On it, business owners can start and register a business, apply for licenses and permits, and pay fees, among other things. To learn more, visit the Michigan Business One Stop site by clicking the logo above.
There are many creative and exciting ways to promote your local business while also supporting one or more of the wildly popular City events or venues. Reaction Direct administers this program for the City and can expertly develop a custom sponsorship program to reach your goals and fit your budget.
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home for your new or existing business. As a business person you know better than anyone that time is money
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