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We invite you to share your vision of Cadillac’s Mitchell Street Corridor. As we are in the beginning phases of our study, now is the time to voice your opinion for what you would like to see. Please follow the link below to take the survey.

This survey is part of the first stage in the Conceptualize Cadillac process. Below, you can see the project scope, followed by images of the project area. Again, thank you for your help with this community project!

AIM: To reimagine what a thriving, vibrant Mitchell Street Corridor between US 131 and Boon Road could look like and to better understand the steps it will take to get there.

APPROACH: The corridor will be looked at in a conceptual, visual manner by focusing on key areas of similar use and visual appearance.

GOAL: To use this visioning process as a launching pad for the community.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey. The information you provide will help the Michigan State University team to develop planning and design recommendations for the Mitchell Street Corridor in the Greater Cadillac Area. This project is being coordinated by the Alliance for Economic Success in partnership with the City of Cadillac, Clam Lake Township, Charter Township of Haring, the MSU School of Planning, Design & Construction and MSU Extension.

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Land banks in Michigan own and manage (i.e. upkeep, demolition, rehabilitation, new construction, vacant lot
improvements, etc.) the most distressed residential, commercial and industrial properties in the state.
Various studies provide measurable and objective and evidence that these properties have negative impacts
on the neighborhoods they are in. These studies also provide strong evidence that property intervention
activity disrupts and alleviates the negative impact that distressed properties have on their neighborhoods.
While true, the size of the distressed property problem in Michigan remains larger than the resources currently
allocated to address it.

• Land bank activity has positive impacts on home values and is shown to reduce mortgage foreclosure
and crime rates.
• The property value protection and appreciation benefit that is experienced from residential demolition
and residential rehabilitation far outweighs the cost of these activities.
• The impact of distressed property interventions varies greatly based on the attributes of the neighborhoods
they are performed in.
• If land banks are provided with sufficient resources to identify and study neighborhood attributes and
intervention outcomes, it will enable them to increase the positive impacts from each dollar spent.

The positive impacts of land bank property intervention and expenditure activities were estimated for three
county-level land bank authorities in Michigan: Benzie, Calhoun and Kalamazoo, see below. 


Click here to access the full Land Bank Report

Thursday, September 20, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
West Shore Medical Education Center
The Starting a Business workshop is intended for individuals in the beginning stages of starting a business, in need of accessing capital, or simply considering self-employment. Delivered in a workshop format, this introductory session helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services.
This workshop is available at no cost for Michigan residents and is given by one of our certified small business consultants.
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