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Saginaw Economic Development

ED-Logo-ideaThe purpose of the Economic Development Department is to enhance the quality of life for residents and the sustainability of city businesses through the retention and revitalization of existing businesses and neighborhoods and the promotion, recruitment, and coordination of new commercial and residential development in the city.

Saginaw Economic Development is the City's primary engine for commercial development, charged with marketing Saginaw as a great place to start a business, expand a business, or just plain do business. We are a team who use our expertise to develop, advise, manage and invest to strengthen our commercial business community and help make our City stronger and grow the City's economy. We are dedicated to investing in commercial growth, but it's not only economic ... it's also human growth and capital so Saginaw business and residential citizens realize a rich, rewarding and vibrant future.

Aug 16

Restaurant Service Models

Posted on August 16, 2018 at 2:17 PM by Keith Rinehart

It is no secret that Saginaw residents want more dining options and, I can tell you, restaurant developers are taking note! But as I am recruiting, touring sites, and working with property owners to make that dream a reality, I think it is worth noting that not all restaurants are created equal. When talking about restaurants, understanding their professional classifications are necessary when determining who you’re wanting to attract.....

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Aug 09


Posted on August 9, 2018 at 2:37 PM by Keith Rinehart

One of the most important jobs of a professional public servant is to protect and nurture the community they work for. We are guided by the great Athenian Oath:

"We will never bring disgrace on this our City by an act of dishonesty or cowardice. We will ever strive for the ideals and Sacred Things of the City both alone and with many. We will revere and obey the City’s laws, and will do our best to incite a like reverence and respect in those above us who are prone to annul them or set them at naught. We will strive unceasingly to quicken the public’s sense of civic duty. Thus, in all these ways, we will transmit this City not only, not less, but greater and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”

At the ceremony...

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Jul 20

What is Economic Development? (Part I - Recruitment)

Posted on July 20, 2018 at 2:26 PM by Keith Rinehart

I love what I do.

Being an economic developer is a unique role that suits only a certain type of person who delights in mass amounts of data analysis, can comfortably listen and talk to anyone anywhere at any time, and doesn’t mind standing calmly in the middle of contentious storms. It is a field of service that not many people know about because it can be so anamorphic and encompassing that it isn’t easily-defined. But the overall guiding mission of economic developers is the same:

…to improve the economic well-being and quality of life for a community by creating and/or retaining jobs that facilitate growth and provide a stable tax base. (Per the International Economic Development Council, 2015)

I’d like to talk about what economic development really is over a special series of blog posts (so it is more digestible). This will be part one, where we cover the most well-known part of what I do: "Recruitment."

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