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Economic Development Consulting

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The economy in Michigan and the Great Lakes region is in full recovery and has experienced several years of sustained growth and diversification, attracting the attention and interest of regional, national and international developers and investors. At the same time, state governments, economic development organizations, and counties and municipalities throughout the region are interested in partnering with companies to plan, structure and fund high-impact projects and initiatives.

How Can We Help? 

Your goal is success. Miller Canfield Consulting, a subsidiary of Miller Canfield, specializes in bringing the private and public sectors together on economic development projects, providing advisory and strategy expertise alongside Miller Canfield’s renowned legal services, adding significant value to your project. We help you succeed.

Miller Canfield Consulting CEO Steve Arwood has more than 30 years of private- and public-sector experience. He formerly served as the director of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and as the CEO of Michigan Economic Development Corporation, where he led economic and business development efforts for the State of Michigan, facilitating billions of dollars of investment. He was one of the primary decision makers in almost every major economic development project in the state, including those seeking state incentives or assistance, and was instrumental in attracting national and international companies that established new manufacturing, research and development and U.S. headquarters locations in Michigan.

Leveraging Miller Canfield’s global resources and Mr. Arwood’s deep knowledge of economic development, and relationships with decision makers, investors and stakeholders on a wide range of projects, Miller Canfield Consulting helps clients navigate the complex process of identifying and securing incentives, financing and other opportunities for public-private partnerships.

Who We Serve

  • Real estate developers and project owners
  • Economic development organizations
  • Financial institutions
  • National and international businesses seeking to set up sales, distribution, manufacturing and R&D centers in the Midwest
  • Energy and renewable energy companies
  • Foreign inbound investors
  • Private companies seeking to invest or expand in Michigan and throughout the Great Lakes region
  • Emerging companies/emerging industries relating to autonomous vehicle manufacturing and testing and renewable energy

What We Do

  • Advise and develop strategy on project execution at the state and federal levels
  • Provide project leadership
  • Advise on state and federal regulations
  • Identify and access funding sources
  • Identify economic incentives
  • Negotiate with key stakeholders for maximum benefit
  • Assist with site selection
  • Provide incentive compliance review and advice

Our Expertise

  • P3 and other major public infrastructure projects
  • Economic development projects and transformational brownfield projects
  • Economic development projects seeking state assistance, incentives or financing
  • Sporting and entertainment venue development and marketing representation
  • Projects pursuant to new legislation