A History and Update

The Vienna Business Development Authority Mission and Vision statement set forth in 1993 says:

Mission: To Strengthen the Township in Business Development and to provide infrastructure where needed.

Vision: To be a leader in preserving and enhancing Vienna Township through education and advisory.

History of the Vienna Twp. Business Development Authority

In 1992 local business and property owners banned together with the thought in mind to promote the new I-75 and M-57 interchange that had just been upgraded by the State Of Michigan (MDOT).   The people involved understood that they needed to promote their new asset as a means to improve the business environment which would  enable Vienna Township residents and business owners to prosper both in quality of life and economically.   For the next several years even though there was little revenue to work with these forward thinking business owners who generously gave of their time and knowledge to develop a business model that would one day create a thriving business district here in Vienna Township.

In a township board meeting on January 12, 1993 the final piece to bring the Vienna Township Business development Authority to life was presented to the Vienna Township Board for approval.  The Township Board passed the By-laws which the newly form Authority would be governed by and Vienna Township Business Development Authority was on its way to performing their mission.

Although there was much work left to do to develop the final guidelines that the BDA would set as standards for development within the district the clock was now ticking in favor of the newly formed Authority.   From this date on a portion of all new property tax revenue within the boundries of the BDA District would be used for future projects.

Fast forward to 2017 and the Vienna BDA has grown and established itself as a significant player in the development of the business district and Exit 131 interchange. The BDA, funded by Tax Increment Financing shares, allows for the annual contribution of $75,000.00 to the Clio Area Fire Dept. and $80,000.00 a year contribution toward police protection.

Recently, the BDA adopted a 5-7 year Budget plan to establish funding for future projects as well as annual ongoing projects that include:

  • Business District Lighting
  • Annual Clean-up, Seasonal trash pickup, Snow removal and Mowing of district
  • Christmas Decorations
  • Summer Beautification & Streetscape
  • Bridge Park Butterfly Gardens and pathway
  • Gazebo Park
  • Annual Community Marketing Grants
  • Facade/Signage Grants
  • Many other projects.  

As we look at our accomplishments, we also look to the future in Economic Development and see on the radar many new advancements in marketing and planning that will bring us along side for the opportunity at a quality of life and community at it’s best.