Sturgis recognized for economic development

2017-11-13

STURGIS – The City of Sturgis is being recognized for the strategies they employ to help foster entrepreneurial growth and economic development.

A study, conducted by iLabs, the University Of Michigan-Dearborn's Center For Innovation Research, identified Sturgis along with Dexter, Tecumseh and Saginaw for their success and efforts in contributing to the State's growth.

Assistant City Manager Andrew Kuk (cook) shared the news with the City Commission during a recent meeting, saying Sturgis has submitted information to this study for several years.

The study analyzed publicly available data from 277 communities in 54 counties around Michigan. 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.

Timothy Davis, Director of iLabs, says while the 277 communities account for only 15 percent of the cities and townships in Michigan, they are home to nearly 70 percent of the population and 85 percent of the State's commercial property.

Kuk says Sturgis and the other three communities, along with 184 others that were named for their growth, will be recognized for their performance during a dinner on Tuesday.

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