Thursday, June 3, 2021

Economic development to be topic of survey, session

Westland officials want to know what residents think about the economic development in the city.

City administrators are in the process of formalizing a comprehensive Economic Development Strategic Plan. The goal is to identify initiatives and methods that will encourage diversity of the economic base in the city and tap opportunities for economic expansion in an effort to help to promote community wealth building. 

The process for building the plan includes significant analytic research coupled with input obtained from the business community, residents, non-profit organizations and other key community stakeholders. In order to obtain this input, city officials have developed a survey to gather insights and guide to plan formation. 

Individuals interested in completing the survey, can do so by accessing

The survey results and other important topics will be discussed during a strategic planning session which will take place at 5:30 p.m. June 30 in the Mayor Gene McKinney Grand Ballroom at Westland City Hall, located at 36300 Warren Road. Interested individuals are encouraged by officials to join in this collaborative discussion to help mobilize efforts in the development and subsequent application of plan priorities. 

“With the evolving market dynamics in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and potential economic implications, it is more important than ever that we define our priorities and focus our efforts on projects and investments that will result in long-term economic stability and growth,” commented Mayor William R. Wild. 

Development of a formalized Economic Development Strategic Plan is a requirement under the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Redevelopment Ready Communities Program (RRC). The formal plan was identified as a priority for 2021 during strategic planning workshops with the city council members earlier this year. 

In March, Westland engaged Bonner Advisory Group to assist with the creation of the strategic plan. The city received a grant from the Michigan Department of Treasury which will fund the project in its entirety. 

For more information, contact the Economic Development Department at (734) 467-3264.