Warren J Cook

Current City: Kalamazoo, MI

 

President

Cook & Associates Consulting,                                                                           1995 to present:

  • Secure financing components for industrial investments and commercial start-ups.
  • Guide and coach firms through industrial tax abatement application processes.
  • Certify industrial parks within communities throughout Michigan for MEDA.
  • Site consultant sub-contractor for international horticultural consultant.
  • Tri-annual golf outings with extremely well seasoned Michigan E.D. practitioners.

 

Business Growth Specialist                                                                             2005 to 2012:

  • Conducted industrial retention visits and managed follow-up actions,
  • Managed two business Revolving Loan Funds - 15 loans totaling

     $2.8mm, leveraging $27mm with 135 jobs,

  • Provided admin support for Industrial Tax Increment Financing Authority,
  • Provided EDC project management for special projects,
  • Chair Statewide Certified Business Park Program within Michigan Economic

            Development Association (MEDA).

 

Vice President for Resource Development

The Enterprise Group of Jackson, Inc., Jackson, MI                                              1996 to 2004:

  • Exec. Dir. of the County Econ. Dev. Corp. (EDC) – managed Industrial Revenue Bond

     and $1.5 million Revolving Loan Fund Programs,

  • Established and Exec. Dir. of the County-wide Brownfield Redevelopment Authority,
  • Maintained industrial site and building location inventories,
  • Provided industrial facilities tax abatement guidance,
  • Conducted industrial retention visits and managed follow-up actions,
  • Provided relocation assistance to industrial and commercial inquiries,
  • Successfully secured $1.35 million EPA brownfield clean-up and site assessment grants

     & $450,000 in HUD grants for industrial infrastructure.

 

Executive Director

Branch County Economic Growth Alliance, Inc., Coldwater, MI                              1990 to 1995:

  • Created and presented incentives packages to firms resulting in 17 new firms and

                 $5,000,000 new investment,

  • Conducted retention visits with local industries; results included: $85+ million new

                 investment and 2,000 new jobs,

  • Guided development of three industrial parks in separate communities;
  • Prepared over $2.8 million in a variety of grant applications,
  • Guided Kellogg Community College development of new academic center in Coldwater.

 

Economic Development Coordinator

Southcentral Michigan Planning Council, Portage, MI                                            1987 to 1990:

            Responsible for industrial assistance throughout two rural counties resulting in over 2700 jobs and $56 million in investment.

            Responsible for annual development of community created local improvement project inventory in 3 rural and 2 urban counties.

 

Program Manager - Economic Development

West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission, Muskegon, MI         1986 to 1987:

            *           Assisted communities in one rural and two urban counties to  develop physical and human resource infrastructure needed to meet local objectives.

 

 

RELATED EXPERIENCE

Assoc. Dean of Instruction - Business and Technical Studies

Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kalamazoo, MI                                         1983 to 1985:

            *           Responsible for 58 FTE faculty and staff; 34 Associate Degree and Certificate Programs; developing and managing a $1.8 million budget; evaluating faculty and staff; establishing articulation agreements with area high schools and colleges; and re-activating academic program advisory committees.

 

Regional Community Development Agent

Cooperative Extension Service

Pennsylvania State University, Reading, PA                                                         1980 to 1983:

            *           Worked with local government officials and groups to determine needs; provided legislative process information for citizen use; created, packaged and delivered community education programs including:

                                    - legislation impact on local government

                                    - land development ordinances (subdivisions)

                                    - land use planning and zoning

 

Research Assistant

Illinois State Geological Survey

University of Illinois

Urbana-Champaign, IL                                                                                        1978 to 1980:

            *           Conceived, developed and co-authored "Land Use Impacts of Subsidence Over Illinois Coal Mines".

 

Assistant Planning Director

Kankakee County Planning Commission

Kankakee, IL                                                                                                     1974 to 1978:

            *           Supervised staff and technicians; directed community needs assessments; created community development plans with local officials and citizens; directed and completed successful Community Development Block Grant applications; and successfully re-initiated federal HUD contract activities.

 

Staff Writer

Governor's Office of Management and Budget

State of Michigan, Lansing, MI                                                                            1973 to 1974:

            *           Co-authored report on staffing Michigan's multi-county planning districts.

 

Management Analyst

United States Air Force

L. G. Hanscom Field

Bedford, MA                                                                                                      1969 to 1974:

            *           Co-developed computerized management program to monitor Department of Defense research and development contracts.

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Education

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Graduate: Economic Development Institute (EDI), University of Oklahoma, 1996</p>

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M.U.P., Urban &amp; Regional Planning, University of Illinois, 1980</p>

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B.S., Urban Studies, Michigan State University, 1969</p>

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