West Michigan Prosperity Alliance Community Conversation Regarding the Future Prosperity of West Michigan March 17, 2014 Ballroom C, DeVos Place 2:15 – 4:00 Michigan State Senate Districts Michigan State House Districts Michigan Municipal League Michigan Township Association Michigan Association of Counties Some Simple Statistics About Our Region • 13 Counties • 341 Units of Government • 1,532,851 people (15.5% of Michigan) • 757,540 Labor Force (+1.5% since 2009) • 7.4% Unemployment Rate ( 4.7 % since 09) • 8,163 square miles, about the same size as the State of New Jersey • 130 Miles of Lake Michigan Shoreline and extends 75 miles to the heart of Michigan’s lower peninsula • 10,000 employers,$5.7 billion in economic output • Between 2000-2012 our population gained 86,575 or 6% while overall Michigan lost 55,500 residents. • Over 90,000 people commute into our region for work and over 114,000 residents leave the region for their jobs. • Employment has recovered from the Great Recession • Between 2009 and 2012, payroll jobs in the West Michigan Prosperity Region grew by 50,025 or 8.6%percent, more than twice that of the 4.0%percent growth statewide • 90+ school districts, 13 major colleges and universities, 70,000 college students What are the Required Deliverables? • A 5 Year Regional Prosperity Plan including and economic development blueprint • A performance Dashboard and measurable annual goals. • Monthly meetings to consider and discuss issues leading to a common vision of economic prosperity including economic development, talent and infrastructure. Regional Transportation and Planning Private Business/At Large Members Economic Development West Michigan Prosperity Alliance Work Force Development Adult Education Higher Education Steering Committee Community Conversations Regional Prosperity Plan Plan Implementation Continued Regional Cooperation Steering Committee Regional Transportation and Planning • John Weiss - GVMC • Dave Bee - WMRPC • Erin Kuhn - WMSRDC • Steve Bulthuis - MACC Economic Development • Bruce Adair - Lakeshore Advantage • Valarie Byrnes - Barry County Economic Dev. • Ed Garner - Muskegon Area First • Rick Chapla -The Right Place Higher Education • Fiona Hert - GRCC • Julie VanDyke - WSCC • Dan RinsemaSybenga - MCC • Simone Jonaitis - GVSU Adult Education • Mike O’Connor - Adult Edu. of Zeeland P.S. • Kathleen Sullivan - Adult Learning Partners of West Michigan • Doug Wood - Orchard View Schools Adult Education Workforce Development At Large/ Private Business • Linda Brand • Paul Griffith - Model - Michigan Works! Community West Central Initiative • Deb Groeneveld • Jim Fisher - Michigan Works - Padnos Muskegon-Oceana • Roger Safford Jacob Maas - MDOT - Kent-Allegan Michigan Works! • Andy Johnston - West Michigan Chamber Coalition • Jim Sandy - Mecosta County Dev. Corp. • Bill Raymond - Ottawa County Michigan Works! • Kevin Stotts -Talent 2025 Steering Committee Committees • • • • Alliance Communications Public Communications The Prosperity Plan Community Conversations September 26, 2013 125 Regional Representatives Attend Informational Meeting Community Conversations Criteria Can We Agree on 5 Projects of Significant Regional Economic Importance? Potential Projects Final Projects March June September Community Conversation Regarding the Future Prosperity of West Michigan • We would like your feedback – What do you think about the proposed project criteria? • Are these the right criteria? • Do you have others to add? • How do you weight these criteria? • Which are most important? Together, We are Creating a Strategy Screen • A strategy screen is a set of criteria by which to choose a particular strategy or project. • It should be developed before considering which projects to select. • Must be conceived carefully. • Ensures that the selection of an emerging project is consistent with goals and strategic direction. • Simple powerful tool for decision making. The West Michigan Prosperity Alliance • The West Michigan Prosperity Alliance (WMPA) will solicit projects from across the region and from across interests. • The WMPA will evaluate each project based on criteria established by the Alliance. • The following list of criteria is a suggested starting point for the discussion. 10 Proposed Prosperity Initiative Project Criteria for Selecting Projects • Long-term impact of project • Sustainability of project • Proportion of the Region potentially impacted by the project • Impact on various employment sectors (manufacturing, agriculture, tourism, etc.) • Creation of high tech jobs 10 Proposed Prosperity Initiative Project Criteria for Selecting Projects • Overall employment creation • Use of existing capacity before creating new facilities • Builds on Region’s strengths and addresses Region’s challenges • Project readiness and feasibility • Public and private support for project Discuss at Your Tables • Two handouts – List of ten proposed criteria – Worksheet with three questions to be considered at your tables • Then we will report out Group Report Out • • • • How did you react to the 10 proposed criteria? What were your top three criteria? What criteria did you add? Do you have any questions or concerns for the committee to consider? Next Steps/Nomination of Projects • Forms are available in the back of the room • A written communication will be sent in the coming weeks with opportunities to nominate projects • Analysis of the nominated projects will be conducted • We will meet again in June to determine the final list of Projects of Significant Economic Importance.