The purpose of the Economic Development Department is to enhance the quality of life for residents and the sustainability of city businesses through the retention and revitalization of existing businesses and neighborhoods and the promotion, recruitment, and coordination of new commercial and residential development in the city.
Saginaw Economic Development is the City's primary engine for commercial development, charged with marketing Saginaw as a great place to start a business, expand a business, or just plain do business. We are a team who use our expertise to develop, advise, manage and invest to strengthen our commercial business community and help make our City stronger and grow the City's economy. We are dedicated to investing in commercial growth, but it's not only economic ... it's also human growth and capital so Saginaw business and residential citizens realize a rich, rewarding and vibrant future.
Alora Wachholz, CEcD
Director of Economic Development
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The Economic Development Department assists the citizens of Saginaw in shaping the city's future, based on a shared community vision. We are focused on comprehensive economic development throughout the city and those efforts are assisted through our partnership with the Saginaw Area Chamber of Commerce.
The department is responsible for:
Administering zoning regulations and changes
Assisting in zoning cases, Board of Adjustment cases, plats, development proposals, site plans, and all related requests
Coordinating historic preservation
Developing and implementing the Comprehensive Plan
Developing zoning ordinances
Shop Saginaw First!
"Shop Saginaw First" is designed to encourage customers/residents to purchase products and services locally. The objectives of the initiative are to:
Support and strengthen locally owned, independent business and local jobs.
Preserve and enhance our unique shopping areas.
Re-circulate more dollars in our community to promote a strong local economy.
By doing so, you are supporting your community, local merchants, their employees, and yourself! Shopping and dining in Saginaw, makes "cents" for all who live here!