Accelerate is the culmination of a collaborative planning process for a seven-county area spearheaded by the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce and the Genesee Lapeer Shiawassee (GLS) Region V Planning & Development Commission, resulting in a coordinated Federal Economic Development Strategy and State Prosperity Plan. This document ties together the U.S. Economic Development Administration Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) and the Region 6 Prosperity plans into a single, unified plan expressing a shared economic vision for Shiawassee, Genesee, Lapeer, St. Clair, Tuscola, Huron, and Sanilac counties. Accelerate creates an economic roadmap for unified actions in the region leading to new jobs, international marketing opportunities, and investment. These actions will both strengthen and diversify the regional economy. The roadmap will also help guide the coordinated efforts by local communities across the seven counties in a manner that will positively impact the region as a whole.

Issue Date

December 8, 2014


Full report; Also includes Executive Summary


Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission

Subject Areas

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT; Regional policy and planning; Michigan studies; Regional collaboration




Erickcek, George A., Bryan Bommersbach, Don Edgerly, Brian Pittelko, Claudette Robey, Jim Robey. 2014. "Accelerate: Economic Development Strategy and Prosperity Plan for the I-69 Thumb Region." Report prepared for Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission.