Tecumseh Recognized for their Business Support

(Tecumseh, Michigan), December 19, 2023 – The City of Tecumseh has been recognized for its successes and efforts in contributing to Michigan’s entrepreneurial growth and economic development in the annual eCities study conducted by researchers at iLab’s, University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Office of Engagement and Impact. Tecumseh was honored as a four-star community along with 92 other communities across the state.

“The City of Tecumseh is thrilled to be recognized for its work in encouraging entrepreneurs and creating a vibrant environment for small business growth, “stated Tecumseh Economic Development Director Kelly Jo Gilmore.

“City Council and management in Tecumseh have consistently made support of our local businesses and fostering a business-friendly environment a priority. As an example, we are one of the few communities our size to support full-time positions in economic development and marketing. These are the people on the ground that made this recognition possible,” shared Tecumseh Mayor Jack Baker.

Tecumseh prides itself on serving its business community as a resource center and liaison to regional and state initiatives. City staff are committed to developing programs, policies, and activities that improve economic well-being and quality-of-life activities for Tecumseh’s residents, business, and visitors. 

The eCities study analyzed publicly available data from 277 communities from 54 counties in Michigan. Researchers focused on the five-year changes in property values, community assets, and tax rates, which can demonstrate the growth, investments, and cost of doing business within the community. For example, over the five-year period of 2018-2022, these communities increased their capital assets by an average of 3.42% per year by investments such as park and road improvements, new police and fire equipment, and water system enhancements. Further, these places are home to 87% of Michigan’s real commercial property and have 64% of the state’s total property value. Communities that have seen the strongest growth in business development over the past five years, while controlling the costs of doing business in town, are designated as five- and four-star communities.

Although accounting for less than 20 percent of the State’s cities and townships, the 277 communities analyzed are home to 71 percent of Michigan’s population and 86 percent of the state’s commercial property. “Each year, the eCities project aims to highlight the successes and continued commitment of cities and townships to grow business and support entrepreneurship within their communities,” said Kari Kowalski, iLabs project manager.


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Tecumseh Economic Development Director
Kelly Jo Gilmore