Osceola County contracts with the Middle Michigan Development Corporation

OSCEOLA COUNTY — After more than a year without a director of economic development, the Osceola County Board of Commissioners has decided to hire an outside company for economic development services.

The board approved a contract with Middle Michigan Development Corporation for the remainder of fiscal year 2022 at its meeting last week.

County coordinator Tim Ladd told the Herald Review that over the past few months the council has heard presentations from three different economic development groups, including Middle Michigan Development Corporation, The Right Place, Inc. and Michigan Works. .

“The board was impressed with all three presentations, but Middle Michigan stood out for several reasons,” Ladd said. “Kati Mora (Vice President of MMDC) grew up in Reed City, and we believe she fully understands the dynamics of Osceola County. She has a very impressive resume, and we are confident that she will work hard to provide growth opportunities for all of our communities and businesses.”

Ladd added that they plan to budget for and pursue the contract with the Middle Michigan Development Corporation in fiscal year 2023 and “hope to contract with them for years to come.”

Following the retirement of former Director of Economic Development Dan Massey, county officials discussed the possibility of coordinating with Mecosta County to hire a new director who would work with both counties.

Board Chairman Mark Gregory said at the time that they were considering different options and would wait to hear from Mecosta County about a collaboration before moving forward.

After several weeks of searching for a new director, the executive committee of the Mecosta County Development Corporation elected to contract with The Right Place, Inc. committee chair, Michelle Graham, who said at the time that it was not expected to partner with Osceola County.

Since then, Osceola County officials had discussed various options, ultimately deciding to go with MMDC.

Information on the company’s website indicates that MMDC professionals are focused on building vibrant, sustainable and unique communities, growing the economy with services designed to retain, grow and attract businesses and foster the economic vitality and resilience.

The MMDC works closely with local municipalities, as well as state and federal agencies to promote transformative community development projects that spur growth, he says.

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