City recognized by UM for community business support

From University of Michigan - Dearborn

Tecumseh was one of five communities across the state of Michigan identified for the strategies they employ to foster entrepreneurial growth and economic development, according to the annual eCities study. The study, conducted by iLabs, University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Center for Innovation Research, identified Tecumseh as one of the 2019 eCities Honored Communities for their successes and efforts in contributing to Michigan’s growth. Other municipalities chosen were the cities of Hillsdale, Houghton, Saginaw, and Hartland Township.

“We are thrilled to be selected as an eCities Honored Community as well as a 4-star city. Winning this highly competitive award is a testament to the strong small business support and entrepreneurial culture we have built in Tecumseh,” said Jessica Sattler, Tecumseh’s economic development director.

The eCities study analyzed publicly available data from 277 communities from 54 counties. Researchers focused on the five-year changes in property values, community assets, and tax rates, which can demonstrate the growth, investments, and cost of doing business within the community. During the five-year period of 2014-2018, these communities increased their capital assets by an average of 2.25 percent per year by investments such as road and parking structure improvements, water main and streetscape upgrades, as well as police, fire, and computer equipment, while property tax rates increased by less than one percent on average per year.

“While accounting for only about 15 percent of the cities and townships in Michigan, the 277 communities analyzed are home to 70 percent of the population and 85 percent of the state’s commercial property,” said Tim Davis, the College of Business’ assistant dean for student engagement and success. “By analyzing these high-performing communities, our goal is to showcase what cities and townships are doing to spur growth and how we can continue to support their efforts in developing business and encouraging entrepreneurs.”

The communities were acknowledged Tuesday, Oct. 22 during the 2019 eCities recognition event, where this year’s research findings were discussed and the strategies and success stories of the participating communities celebrated.

“Between the elected officials and management and staff at the City of Tecumseh, we have a team that really strives to do the best that we can for the residents, the businesses and the property owners in our community,” said Jack Baker, Tecumseh mayor. “That in addition to the leaders that have invested their blood, sweat and tears, like Gary and Jan Fox, who chose to rebuild after the tragic fire that destroyed the home of their businesses, makes us the strong community that we are today.”

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