The Economic Development Department focuses on supporting commercial, industrial and new residential projects throughout the development and expansion process and deploys ongoing attraction and retention business development efforts. It conducts analysis of data and real estate trends in order to identify businesses who are well suited for the Westland’s market.
What is Economic Development?
You can learn more about Economic Development through this presentation (PDF).
The Economic Development Department serves as the liaison between the business community and the City by providing guidance and support to existing businesses while helping to communicate the City’s goals and priorities to our business owners. The department helps new businesses navigate the City’s development process and also to identify potential resources that are available to increase project feasibility.
The Director also serves as the City’s liaison to the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), Economic Development Corporation/Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (EDC/BRA/TIFA), Local Finance Development Authority (LDFA) and the Westland Chamber of Commerce.
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 City collaborates with you to provide one point of contact, a fast response to your needs, and the flexibility required to achieve your goals. Your goal of doing business in Westland is the City's goal also.
The Economic Development Strategy Plan
The Economic Development Strategy Plan (PDF) was developed with significant input from our residents, businesses and our local elected officials, taking into account their passion for the future of our City. Just as businesses compete for customers, communities compete for residents, new investment and jobs. This economic development strategy describes a vision, goals, strategies and actions that will create an environment that encourages bold development-related ventures and encourages entrepreneurial spirit. This plan, through technical analysis of economic data combined with public input, highlights the city’s priorities for the greatest positive economic benefit for Westland.