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Policy & Solutions Forum. May 15, 2014. Session 3 Tax Base Challenges – Success in Other Communities, Taxes & Incentives. Jared Rodriguez, Partner, Calder Group, LLC. Demographics History Turnaround Community – Results. West Michigan Region – Grand Rapids. (1915).

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    1. Policy & Solutions Forum May 15, 2014 Session 3 Tax Base Challenges – Success in Other Communities, Taxes & Incentives Jared Rodriguez, Partner, Calder Group, LLC

    2. Demographics • History • Turnaround • Community – Results West Michigan Region – Grand Rapids (1915)

    3. Founded 1826 | Incorporated Village 1850 • Government • City Commission – City Manager – City Mayor • Population (*2012) • 190,411 – City of Grand Rapids – 124th U.S. • 614,462 – Kent County • 1,533,608 – 13 County Region • Diverse Population • Industry Presence • Furniture, Health Care, Education, Automotive, Aerospace, Design, Construction, Agriculture, Retail, Food Service Demographics

    4. 19th Century – Settled by European missionaries and fur traders. • 1826 – The “official founder” of Grand Rapids, Louis Campau, Detroit-born Louis Campau, established trading post and blacksmith shop. • Major lumbering center and the premier furniture manufacturing city. • Furniture Capitol of the World – “Furniture City” • Grad Rapids became recognized worldwide as a leader in the production of fine furniture. • 50+ furniture factories – 1900 • River, Roads and Railroad lines/routes developed and functional (1885) History • Growth as a Midwest Manufacturing Epicenter throughout the 1900’s • Region hosts Michigan’s second largest City – Grand Rapids • Downturn – 1970’s • Closing factories • Resident out-migration

    5. Public-Private-Partnerships • Tax Incentives – Increase Base/Regional Activity/Community Engagement • Grand Vision – Grand Action • Non-profit organization of private & public sector leaders • Work together to identify downtown revitalization projects worthy of support and development. • Private sector philanthropy/leader driven • DeVos Place Convention Center, Van Andel Arena, Medical Mile, Meijer Majestic Theater, Urban Market, Universities • Coalitions/Partnership driven change – City & Suburban municipal planning • Economic success drives philanthropic giving/community • Economic Development and Promotion – Core City Re-Investment • Organizational alignment – Business, Non-Profit, Education, Government, Community Turnaround (2008)

    6. Community – Results

    7. Community Engagement • Laugh Fest • Art Prize • Beer City – Micro Brews • Meijer Gardens • Millennium Park • Museums • Festivals • Summer Fest • Tulip Time Festival • Heritage • Challenges • Talent • Growth Mgmt. Community – Results

    8. Policy & Solutions Forum May 15, 2014 Session 3 Tax Base Challenges – Success in Other Communities, Taxes & Incentives Jared Rodriguez, Partner, Calder Group, LLC