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As many remain skeptical of crowdfunding’s ability to bolster growth among private-sector entrepreneurs, economic developers have found the fundraising model holds promise for public placemaking efforts statewide.

Published in Finance

In light of legislative attempts to break through the regulatory patchwork businesses face in communities throughout Michigan, some local government officials are asking whether the state has too many layers of government in the first place.

Published in Economic Development

Proposed legislation intended to improve Michigan’s business climate faces strong opposition from officials in local government who say it will have the opposite effect and thwart their ability to exercise local control.

Published in Economic Development

A year-old law aimed to make it easier for all kinds of small businesses in Michigan to raise capital via intrastate crowdfunding. But the only companies consistently taking advantage of the new fundraising tool have been in the food and beverage industry, particularly craft breweries.

Published in Finance

In small towns across Michigan, development has shifted away from traditional downtown districts in recent years. But a number of cities hope to lure developers back to Main Street with support from the state’s placemaking incentives — and beer.

Published in Commercial Real Estate

Planners with the city of Muskegon want to make it easier for developers to create new building projects in the core downtown area.

Published in Design Build

Midsize cities in West Michigan could soon see more live-work options coming online.

Published in Commercial Real Estate

Communities and organizations that use crowdfunding to raise funds for public projects have an opportunity to double their money.

Published in Finance

Investors appear willing to steer some of their money into local businesses raising capital through crowdfunding, although they have limits on how much they will invest — at least for now.

Published in Finance

A new crowdfunding portal wants to encourage everyday people to invest in Michigan-based real estate projects that support startups and small businesses.

Published in Commercial Real Estate
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