Economic Development


The role of the Economic Development Department is to retain and attract employment opportunities by facilitating innovation, collaboration, and the leveraging of resources. The effort is aimed at improving the business environment and encouraging business development. Whether you are a sole proprietor, small business owner, or CEO of a corporation, you will find Romulus is a great place to do business.

In a highly competitive economy, Romulus recognizes that companies require speed to market and stay profitable. Romulus has everything it takes for companies to meet the demands of today's marketplace:

  • Over 5,000 acres of vacant property ready for development
  • Expedited approval and development processes
  • Aggressive incentive programs
  • Home to Detroit Metro Airport and easy access to Willow Run Airport
  • Major east/west and north/south interstate freeways (I-95 & I-275)
  • Major rail routes throughout City (CSX Transportation & Norfolk Southern Railway)

Romulus has numerous economic development tools and incentives to offer incoming businesses. Romulus also has multiple development districts available which include a Tax Increment Finance District (TIFA), a Downtown Development District (DDA), Next Michigan Development Corporation (NMDC), and a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ).

The region is home to numerous institutions of higher education, including the globally recognized University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University and Wayne State University. These institutions power a skilled workforce of over three million located within 50 miles of the zone.

Romulus Response Development Team

The City of Romulus recognizes the importance a business places on certainty. We also understand that no two projects are the same. We value the importance of completing a project on time and on budget. To that end, the City has pledged to work with the business to bring certainty and "speed to market" to the development process.

The Economic Development Department will provide you one point of contact. Whether it is retention, expansion, or attraction, we are committed to streamlining and simplifying the permitting process.

Integral to Economic Development's commitment to certainty and speed to market is our Romulus Development Response Team. When appropriate, we will quickly assemble our team, which includes:

  • Mayor
  • Mayor Pro-Tem
  • Chief of Staff
  • Economic Development Director
  • Planning Director
  • Public Services Director
  • Public Safety Director
  • Planning Commission Chair
  • Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman 

The team will then craft a development plan appropriate for the project.

We can:

  • Expedite the review and development processes
  • Assist with permits and required approvals from other Agencies
  • Assist with incentive opportunities
  • Exceed expectations