“Vision of Lenawee” presents partnerships, progress
The message from Lenawee Now’s annual “Vision of Lenawee” meeting is that across the county an entrepreneurial spirit, a sense of community and partnership are driving economic development.
The non-profit economic and business expansion organization invited a host of speakers Wednesday to Adrian College’s Tobias Center to show how their organization is making progress and an economic impact.
Adrian city administrator Shane Horn and Adrian Economic Development and Downtown Development Authority coordinator Chris Miller spoke about redevelopment of unused sites around the city and how assistance from the state and county played a big part.
The Lenawee County Land Bank purchased many vacant or unused downtown properties and then worked with the city to redevelop and/or clean them up.
At Main and Maumee streets, Horn said, the Strongback project to redevelop a historical building is underway because of the land bank’s partnership as well as private and public investment, both locally and from the state of Michigan. He said the city continues to address blighted properties through the same partnerships.