Nearly 200 Michigan Communities Rated Four-Stars in eCities Study

A recent study recognized nearly 200 communities across the state as four-star communities.

The city of Mount Pleasant was one of those.

The annual eCities study is conducted by researchers at UofM.

It recognizes the success and efforts of Michigan’s communities to contribute to the state’s growth and economic development.

They measure the five-year changes in property values, community assets and tax rates.

The city says big road improvements was just one of the things that the study highlighted the city was doing well.

Michelle Sponseller is a downtown development director and she says it’s about consistent action.

“We’re a four-star community this year. We’d like to be a five-star community, so on to bigger and better things as they say. It’s all about continuous improvement. Just when we think we’ve done all that we can, we sort of sit back, we address these issues on our own and try to do a little bit better for our community.”

The eCities study looked at public data from 277 communities from 54 Michigan counties.