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Katharine Czarnecki

Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Senior Vice President, Community Development
Lansing, MI, USA
Katharine Czarnecki is Senior Vice President at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) where she oversees operations and management of the Community Development unit. Throughout her diverse career in economic development, Katharine Czarnecki has sought to bring people together to find the best solution to a common question: How can a community be a thriving place to live, attractive venue to operate a successful business and have a strong identity that shapes communal values at the heart of the promise of a better tomorrow?

She has traveled throughout the land of the Mitten and has visited communities in each of the 83 counties, from the shores of Lake Superior, to the rolling farms of Mid-Michigan, to the resurgent downtown streets of Detroit. Along the way, Katharine has sought input and invited residents to get involved in the development of their communities.

The first-hand experience with residents of towns, villages and cities has sharpened Katharine’s sensibilities to timely development opportunities. That experience has translated into her leadership in the creation of a range of innovative programs transforming communities across the state.

Under Katharine’s leadership, the state’s chief business marketing arm and economic development agency has worked closely with community partners to create initiatives to improve main streets, renovate and preserve historical sites, prepare communities so they will be ready and attractive to developers, facilitate crowdfunding campaigns, and promote key development properties to developers outside of Michigan.

At the MEDC, Katharine oversees a statewide field services team that specializes in community revitalization, Brownfield TIFs, community development block grants, and collaborates with economic development partners around the state continually searching for ways to respond to the unique needs of communities, large and small.

Before joining the MEDC, Katharine worked in several Michigan communities, including at the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. In addition, Katharine has a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from Michigan State University. She lives in East Lansing with her husband and two daughters.

Katharine can be reached at czarneckik@michigan.org; 517-241-4950. Michigan Economic Development Corporation, 300 N. Washington Square, Lansing, MI.