2020 SMPC Regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Committee Application
The Southcentral Michigan Planning Council (SMPC) is forming a new Strategy Committee specifically tasked to oversee the process of developing its regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The CEDS is a vital planning document that can lead to the creation and retention of jobs and increased private investment, advance innovation, enhance the manufacturing capacities of the region, provide workforce development opportunities, and grow the economic ecosystem that attracts foreign direct investment. The Strategy Committee will be the principal driver of the CEDS process in Branch, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, and St. Joseph Counties. Members will meet five times throughout 2020 to provide leadership and to determine what capacity building efforts would best serve economic development in the region.

SMPC is using an online application to recruit representatives from its four-county region to serve on the Strategy Committee. This application asks for personal and professional information from potential members, with the aim of ensuring all economic interests in the region are represented. The deadline for submitting a completed application is 5:00 pm on Wednesday, April 8th. Anyone who needs assistance filling out an application can contact Molly Trueblood at 269-385-0458 or via email at trueblood@upjohn.org.

Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to working with you on the CEDS plan!
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Which county in Region 3 would you represent on the committee? (Check all that apply) *
For how long have you lived or worked in the Region? *
SMPC requests demographic information so that the CEDS Strategy Committee can best represent all economic interests of the region. Please indicate your race or ethnicity below. (Check all that apply)
The EDA requires the CEDS committee to have representation from certain regional economic interests. Which would you represent on the CEDS Strategy committee? (Check all that apply) *
Please describe your main motivation for participating on the CEDS Strategy Committee: *
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While there will be virtual attendance options for every meeting, we hope to assemble the committee 4-5 times over the course of the 8 month planning period. To facilitate scheduling, please select your typical availability for attending meetings in person:
Third Wednesday of the month
Third Thursday of the month
Fourth Tuesday of the month
Fourth Wednesday of the month
If there is someone you'd like to nominate for the CEDS Strategy committee, please write their name and contact info below:
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Please send your CV or resume to Trueblood@upjohn.org to complete your application. Thank you!
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