The CBP Committee’s major goal is to make this program work for CBP operators, the communities in which they exist and for site consultants who frequent this tool. Consequently, your CBP Committee began a more uniform treatment of all CBP re-certifications in CY 2016. Committee actions in CY 2015 established a standard set of topics for use in a written report following each re-certification. Narratives are crafted from each visit addressing the following questions:
- What is the overall impression of the park?
- What has been happening in the CBP since the last recertification?
- How is the park being marketed?
- What has been happening in the community outside the CBP?
- Are there any non-compliance issues within the CBP?
- What are the future plans within/adjacent to the CBP?
MEDA lost staff member Emily Jenks when she completed her graduate degree and left to enroll in law school. Everyone wishes her great success in her career choice. That resulted in a student recruitment effort to support Cassandra and John. Jordan Miller recently joined MEDA in that position and will assist in marketing the program to business parks.
The CBP’s in the program average 137 views per year to their pages, ranging from 38 to 1,149. The CBP inspectors will continue sharing tips for CBPs to market their park using the page that MEDA created for them.
During CY 2016 two NEW CBP Inspectors [Steve Cassin (Macomb Co.) and Perrin Emmanuel (Oakland Co.)] agreed to join the pool of CBP inspectors. That was the result of a Committee effort to recruit inspectors who live/work in Southeast Michigan. That effort continues and we WELCOME Steve and Perrin to the pool.
2016 CBP Activities:
CBP Count: (68) – No change from December 2015
New CBPs: Great Lakes Tech Park, Saginaw (Saginaw Co.) and Meadowbrook and Yore Park, Benton Harbor (Berrien Co.)
CBP Cancellations: P. Don Aley, Muskegon
Re-certifications made: 17
Re-certifications pending: 0
Active Inquiries: Sault Ste. Marie Industrial Park, Sault Ste. Marie (Chippewa Co.)
2017 Re-Certifications scheduled: 24
Jennifer Arent, Berrien County Community Development Department
Dawn Baetsen, CEcD, D.E. Baetsen and Associates
Stephen Cassin, AICP, Giffels Webster
Perrin T. Emanuel, Realtor
John Hanieski, Economics Consulting Services, L.L.C.
James Hendricks, Sault Ste. Marie Advanced Resources and Technology
Cathy Knapp, CEcD, Southwest Michigan First
Michael Marcellino, EDC Services
Tanya Markos-Vanno, Southfield Area Chamber of Commerce
William Mrdeza, City of Mt. Pleasant
Therese Thill, The Right Place, Inc.
Barry Visel, CEcD, Retired, American Electric Power
Ned Zimmerman, Development Consulting
Warren J. Cook
Cook and Associates Consulting
Chair, Certified Business Parks Committee
Founder and CEO