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Saginaw Economic Development

ED-Logo-ideaThe 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.

Aug 01

“Hey Alora, You Know What Would Be A Cool Idea? …”

Posted on August 1, 2019 at 1:53 PM by Keith Rinehart

As an economic developer, I get approached with hundreds of great ideas every year from people who love their community and have innovative input about new businesses and quality of life enhancements. In fact, it is one of the most exciting parts of my job! Getting to dream about creative new concepts and then help people draft a plan for realizing those ideas is much more interesting than spending hours sifting through data to determine market trends and evaluate local economic gaps. It is within these ideas brought forward, that imagination and excitement are born and begin to stir. 

I believe fully that the individuals within a community.........

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Dec 06

Holiday Sales Forecast 2018

Posted on December 6, 2018 at 3:26 PM by Keith Rinehart

The holiday season is a busy one for business. With shoppers buying in full force following the massive sales phenomena know as “Black Friday” (which has crept earlier into the week of Thanksgiving, despite its name), “Shop Small Saturday”, “Cyber Monday”, and the more recent trend of “Giving Tuesday”, retailers and restaurants are kicked into full speed operations- and their earning potential during this time is explosive.

How explosive?  Read more to find out.

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Oct 23

What’s Up & What’s Down: Retail Market Insights

Posted on October 23, 2018 at 10:10 AM by Keith Rinehart

A couple of weeks ago, I spent a day in Plano at Legacy Central (an 85-acre, technology-oriented, mixed-use campus still under construction at US 75 and Spring Creek Parkway). Myself, along with about 100 commercial realtors, developers, retail brokers, site selectors, etc. were there for Bisnow and National Retail’s Retail South Conference. The day was packed with keynote speakers and panelists from Herb Weitzman (Executive Chairman of the Weitzman Group) to Steven Levin (President and CEO of Centennial), to Doron Valero (Managing Partner of Global Fund Investments), to Sumner Billingsley (VP of the acclaimed Billingsley Company).

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