Priority 2 - Increase Economic Opportunity

Supporting neighborhoods and enhancing the environment for job creation is essential to revitalizing the local economy. The Board recognizes the County’s key role in public safety, housing stabilization, and its essential partnership in the broader economic development strategy.


The 2014 to 2017 investments should make measurable headway in the following sample community outcomes:

  • Every community throughout Washtenaw County exceeds the statewide employment rate
  • Entrepreneurs and local businesses have access to capital, talent, and supports needed to grow and thrive
  • Housing and transportation costs will be affordable to residents earning less than 80% of the area’s median income
  • Washtenaw County has safe and stable neighborhoods, with high rates of homeownership
  • Washtenaw County residents have access to broadband internet connection