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Mayor's Council Aims to Promote Business Growth in Ferndale

Ned Staebler, vice president for economic development at Wayne State University, was recently named chair of the council.

Mayor's Council Aims to Promote Business Growth in Ferndale

Top business executives in Ferndale will soon be joining forces with city administration and other regional economic development professionals to promote business growth as part of the Mayor's Business Council.

The council will be led by Ferndale Mayor Dave Coulter and newly appointed council chair Ned Staebler, vice president for economic development at Wayne State University.

The Mayor’s Business Council was as part of his mission to make Ferndale “the easiest, friendliest city to open or expand a business in Oakland County."

"The best way to grow our local economy is to leverage our local assets,” Staebler said in a news release. “I’m excited to help connect Ferndale's business community with the resources at Wayne State and foster greater collaboration between industry, academia and government."

The Mayor’s Business Council is made up of area business leaders and entrepreneurs, representatives of major educational institutions, economic development professionals, elected officials and city administration.

The council will have its first meeting Aug. 2.

“Cities that will be successful in the future will be those that transform from being the enforcer of rules and regulations to real partners in the growth of businesses,” Coulter said. “I’m grateful that this group of talented people has agreed to help advise us in Ferndale on how to do this better.”

Source: City of Ferndale

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