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Special Notice

Please see the attached invitation to the Greater Ann Arbor Region Stakeholder Summit here.  The event will take place on November 17, 2016 at 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM.

What is the Regional Prosperity Initiative?

The Regional Prosperity Initiative (RPI) is a voluntary competitive grant process launched by Governor Snyder to encourage local private, public and non-profit partners to create vibrant regional economies.

A consortium of public, private, and nonprofit organizations in the six-county Prosperity Region 9 (Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, and Washtenaw counties), were awarded grant funds from the State of Michigan’s RPI program in 2014. The purpose of the grant was to  establish a prosperity vision and five-year strategy for how regional partners will work together to enhance economic prosperity in the region. The final strategy (included in the “Documents and Other Resources” section of this website) is a reflection of the enormous talent and passion our public, private, educational, and non-profit partners bring to the work of bettering our region every day.

The region was awarded additional grant funds for 2015, and the funding is being used to help implement actions included in the prosperity strategy, evaluate options for a more formal regional organization, and host a summit in the fall of 2015 to discuss regional coordination and identity.

Goals of the Regional Prosperity Initiative

The RPI will be a long-term process for improving collaboration and accelerating economic prosperity in the region.  The goals of the initiative are to:

  • Grow and attract talent to meet industry needs
  • Advance a high-quality and diverse regional transportation system to support industry growth and community vitality

Over time, regional partners will expand these goals to address additional economic prosperity needs.

Partners of the Regional Prosperity Initiative

The Region 9 (Greater Ann Arbor Region) RPI effort and development of a five-year prosperity strategy will be led by a cross-region project management team, with extensive input from a broad set of stakeholders representing public, private, educational, and non-profit sectors. Stakeholders will largely be engaged through regional functional (technical) teams, including:

  • The Greater Ann Arbor Region Talent Council (and its healthcare, information technology, and manufacturing sub-groups)
  • Workforce development
  • Adult education
  • Transportation

Meetings of the project management team and functional/technical teams are open to the public; see Calendar page for meeting dates.

Public Sector Consultants Inc. has been hired to serve as Team Coordinator for the overall RPI effort, and is facilitating the Transportation Functional Team. Workforce Intelligence Network and Corporation for a Skilled Workforce are assisting in the facilitation of the talent/workforce-related functional teams.

An overview of the initial RPI project structure can be found below:

Year 1 structure graphic

Project Management Team

The project management team is made up of regional leaders (elected and non-elected) from each of the six counties in Region 9, and represent key areas expertise such as education, workforce, transportation, and economic development. The Management Team oversees the implementation of the RPI grant and its deliverables (including oversight of contractors and sub-grantees), assists in convening stakeholders to participate in the regional prosperity initiative, champions the Region 9 Prosperity Initiative, and seeks to strengthen connections and collaborations with other regions.
Project management team:

  • Ryan Buck, Washtenaw Area Transportation Study
  • Steven Duke, Region 2 Planning Commission
  • Sarah Hartzler, South Central Michigan WORKS!
  • Ron Hayes, City of Jonesville
  • Ken Hinton, Livingston County Administration
  • Tim Lake, Monroe County Business Development Corporation
  • Jason Morgan, Washtenaw Community College
  • Phil Santer, Ann Arbor SPARK
  • Conan Smith, Washtenaw County Commissioner
  • Sue Smith, Hillsdale Economic Development Partnership

Stakeholder Organizations

The following stakeholder groups are participating on the Region 9 Prosperity Initiative Functional Work Teams. If you would like to be involved with the Region 9 Prosperity Initiative please contact Annelise Huber at:

Public Sector Consultants

Adrian College
Adrian Public Schools
Allegiance Health Foundation
Ann Arbor Public Schools
Ann Arbor SPARK
Ann Arbor Transportation Authority
Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Chamber of Commerce
Arbor Hospice
Baker College
Bedford Public Schools
Bixby Medical Center
Blake Woods Medical Park Surgery Center
Center for Family Health
Chelsea Community Hospital
City of Ann Arbor
City of Chelsea
City of Monroe
Cleary University
Columbia School District
Concordia University
Detroit Chamber TransLinked Initiative
Eastern Michigan University
Economic Development Partnership of Hillsdale County
Enterprise Group of Jackson
Evangelical Homes of Michigan
Glacier Hills Senior Living Community
Global Talent Retention Initiative
Great Lakes Caring
Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce
Health Improvement Organization
Herrick Hospital
Hillsdale Community Health Center
Hillsdale Economic Development Partnership
Integrated Health Associates
Jackson Area Transit Authority
Jackson College
Jackson County Airport
Jackson County Chamber of Commerce
Jackson County Intermediate School District
Jackson Health Network

John Ganton’s Countryside Retirement
Livingston County Michigan Works
Livingston County Planning
Livingston Educational Service Agency
Lloyd Ganton Retirement Centers, Inc.
Mercy Memorial Hospital System
Michigan Department of Transportation University Region
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Milan Area Schools
Monroe Community College
Monroe County Business Development Corporation
Monroe County Health Department
Monroe County Planning
Monroe Michigan Works
One Lenawee/Lenawee Now
Promedica/Herrick Hospital
Region 2 Planning Commission
Ridge Crest Health Campus (Trilogy Health Care)
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System Ann Arbor, Livingston, and Saline
South Central Michigan Works
Southeast Michigan Community Alliance
Southeast Michigan Council of Governments/Regional Transit Authority
St. John Hospital
Transportation 4 Michigan
United Methodist Retirement Communities
United Parcel Service (UPS)
University of Michigan Business Engagement Center
University of Michigan Health System
VA Ann Arbor Health Care System
Washtenaw Area Transportation Study
Washtenaw Community College
Washtenaw County Health Initiative
Washtenaw County Michigan Works
Washtenaw County Office of Community & Economic Development
Washtenaw Health Department
Washtenaw Intermediate School District
Washtenaw Literacy
Wayne County Airport Authority
Workforce Intelligence Network
Ypsilanti Community Schools

News and Updates

  • Region 9 partners have submitted a grant application to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget for 2016 RPI activities.  Award decisions are expected in early 2016.  The grant application can be found in the links section of this page.
  • Join us for the Region 9 Prosperity Summit: Charting a course for the next steps in advancing our prosperity strategy.  Monday, November 16, 2015 at Washtenaw Community College.
  • June 19, 2015.  RPI Challenge Grant RFP issues (available under the “Documents and Other Resources” page)
  • March 18, 2015.  The Final Five Year Prosperity Strategy is complete and available under the “Documents and Other Resources” page.
  • February 13, 2015.  The Draft Five Year Prosperity Strategy is available for review (available to download under the links section of this page).  Please provide comments to by Friday, February 27, 2015.
  • February 10, 2015.  Region 9 was awarded funds by the State of Michigan for continuing the work of the prosperity initiative in year 2.  Stay tuned for next steps in implementing that grant…
  • The State of Michigan has recently released a request for proposals for round 2 of RPI funding, and stakeholders will work together to pursue funding for longer-term RPI goals.  Applications are due November 1, 2014.


Challenge Grants

Project Management Team

Talent Council Teams

Transportation Team

Workforce and Education Teams

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