Pittsfield Township is one of six communities across the state of Michigan recognized by University of Michigan’s (Dearborn) eCities initiative, for implementing strategies that foster entrepreneurial growth and economic development.
The eCities initiative is part of University of Michigan Dearborn’s Center for Innovation Research. The program uniquely researches factors that contribute to economic success at the local level. In their multi-year study, the eCities initiative has grown to include 199 communities from throughout the state.
Pittsfield Township was selected as one of a handful in the state to receive the highest designation of being a 5-star Best Practices community for clearly identifying and implementing a vision to foster economic success, including articulating a placemaking strategy.
“The eCities project highlights how local governments from across the state of Michigan are cultivating and supporting economic development. These communities show how local governments can work in distinct and strategic ways to energize public spaces, while investing in businesses and job development,” said Tim Davis, Director of iLabs.