Middle Michigan Development Corporation and Greater Gratiot Development, Inc. Release Study Analyzing Impact of US-127 on Safety and Economic Development on Clare, Isabella, Gratiot, and Clinton Counties

Middle Michigan Development Corporation (MMDC) and Greater Gratiot Development, Inc. (GGDI) recently announced the results of a January 2018 study they were commissioned to complete late last year by the East Michigan Council of Governments (EMCOG). This study collected both quantitative and qualitative data, highlighting both the safety and economic development challenges the US-127 16-mile gap of limited access highway located between St. John’s and Ithaca presents to the surrounding area. The study concluded that US-127 plays a crucial role in north-south travel in Central Michigan and that current evidence supports indicates upgrading the 16-mile stretch in question to a limited-access highway would improve safety and enhance economic development activities.

The study can be read in it’s entirety here. For further information, please contact Jim McBryde, President & CEO of MMDC at 989-772-2858 or by email at or or James E. Wheeler, President of GGDI at 989-875-2083 or by email at


Join Us For Our Next Quarterly Breakfast Meeting with Special Guest David Dunckel, CBSP

Kick off the 2018 year with a special presentation given by David Dunckel, CBSP, Army and Navy Veteran Talent Attraction Specialist, from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. He will be joining us for our quarterly breakfast January 16th, 2018 at the Hotel Doherty from 8:00 am-9:00 am. Attendees will learn about some of the employment initiatives taking place to attract veteran talent to Michigan and walk away with a better understanding of how to actively recruit and support veterans in the workplace. Attendees will also hear about the Veteran-Friendly certification program offered through the Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency.

January 2018 Speaker

To register, please contact Teri Rau at (989)772-2858 or contact us via emailRSVP Deadline: January 11th, 2018. 

New Study Finds Central Michigan University Boosts Michigan Economy by $1.2 Billion and Created Nearly 12,000 Jobs in 2016. 

A new Anderson Economic Group study finds that Central Michigan University positively impacted the Michigan economy in a big way in 2016. Discover how impact was measured and what this means for our community by visiting Central Michigan University’s webpage.

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Kathy Methner Honored By Clare 

Our very own Kathy Methner was honored by Clare County this month for her service and dedication over the past 22 years. Kathy retired from Middle Michigan Development Corporation September 1st, but will continue to assist us with grant writing proposals in the future. The full story can be found in the Clare County Cleaver.


Kathy Methner Honored

photo credit: Clare County Cleaver

Join Us For Our Next Quarterly Breakfast Meeting with Special Guest Tino Breithaupt

Join MMDC for another riveting quarterly breakfast meeting and meet Tino Breithaupt, Senior Vice President of National and Global Business Development for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

Save the Date October 12 2017

To register, please contact Teri Rau at (989)772-2858 or contact us via email.

MMDC and Greater Gratiot Development, Inc. Receive Grant to Support US-127 Economic Impact Study

MMDC and Greater Gratiot Development, Inc. were recently awarded $18,262 in mini-grant funding from the East Michigan Council of Governments. One of eight projects funded in the East Central Michigan Prosperity Region 5, this funding will allow our two economic development corporations to research and analyze how upgrading the US-127 corridor within the area to a limited access expressway could impact economic development, safety, and tourism within the region.

To learn more about this opportunity and the other projects funded, please read the press release found here. The Morning Sun also wrote an article about this opportunity which can be read here.

MMDC’s July 2017 Newsletter Ready to Read

July 2017 Newsletter

Download our latest newsletter, highlighting a variety of economic development success stories within the Middle Michigan region.

Regional Revolving Loan Fund Now Available for Businesses in the City of Mt. Pleasant through Northern Initiatives 

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Whether you are a start-up business or looking to expand, you may be eligible for funding through the regional revolving loan fund now available through Northern Initiatives. For more information on this opportunity, please visit the City of Mt. Pleasant website.

Join US Congressman Moolenaar August 4th for a Round Table Discussion

Round Table Discussion

Are you a Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce member? If so, join us for a round table discussion with US Congressman John Moolenaar on Friday August 4th.

RSVP to Rachel Mocini at (989) 772-2396 or e-mail at

Consumers Energy Named One of the Top 100 Companies to Work for by Forbes

Forbes recently unveiled their list of America’s Best Employers of 2017, featuring Consumers Energy among the top 100 businesses to work for. After surveying 30,000 American workers, Consumers Energy landed at number 62 on the list.

Consumers energy provides natural gas and electricity to nearly 6.7 million of Michigan’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties. A service center is located in Clare county.

Read the Forbes article to learn more about this honor.

Congratulations to MMDC Intern Nicole Voisard

Please join us in wishing Nicole Voisard, our amazing intern over the past two years, great success as she graduates from Central Michigan University! Nicole will be pursuing a career in property management and has accepted her first job post-graduation in downtown Detroit. We are extremely grateful for the dedication and insight Nicole has shared here at our office and look forward to the many great things she will accomplish in the years ahead.

.MMDC Team with Intern Nicole Voisard

Breakfast with Detroit Mayor, Mike Duggan!

Over 220 attendees joined us for breakfast with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, earlier this week. He shared the inspirational economic development story of Detroit, Michigan’s Turnaround City.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan

If you missed it, you can now watch the entire presentation online.

Retailers in Central Michigan Keep Their Doors Open Amid Nationwide Closures

In a recent Morning Sun article, MMDC President and CEO, James McBryde, and Jim Wheeler, the Vice President of Greater Gratiot Development, discuss possible reasons why the Central Michigan region was largely unaffected by recent closures of many national chain stores like JCPenney, Payless ShoesSource, KMart, and Family Dollar. Read the article to discover just some of the reasons why retailers may be choosing to keep their Central Michigan stores open.

As Retailers Close Shop Nationwide, Doors Stay Open in Central Michigan

Chemical Bank Celebrates 100 Years By Ringing the Nasdaq Opening Bell

On Tuesday, March 14th, members of the Chemical Financial Corp. executive team traveled to New York City to ring the Nasdaq opening bell. Chemical Financial Corp. was chosen for this honor in celebration of their 100th anniversary. Join us in congratulating our friends at Chemical Bank  for their 100 years of service and watch them ring the bell as featured in the Midland Daily News article below.

Chemical Financial Marks 100 Years


Local Educators Learn Manufacturing Skills

An article published in the Gratiot County Harold March 9th, 2017 showcases Don Schurr and Jim Wheeler from Greater Gratiot Development Inc. and Jim McBryde of the Middle Michigan Development Corporation discussing manufacturing careers in the area. Check out the article!

Local Educators Learn Manufacturing Skills

MMDC 2016 Annual Report is Hot Off The Press!

Take a look back at Middle Michigan’s Growth in 2016.
We have a lot to be proud of due to hard work and great partners.
You can read more details in the MMDC 2016 Annual Report.

Wheeler, Schurr, McBryde to Speak at Training Session!

Don Schurr and Jim Wheeler, from the Greater Gratiot Development Inc. and James McBryde from the Middle Michigan Development Corporation are speaking at the Gratiot-Isabella Regional Education Service District on February 23rd starting at 5:30 pm at the Winding Brook Conference Center in Shepherd. It should be an interesting meeting and a great way to learn more about manufacturing workforce needs!

Cow Pleasant Dairy Inc. Named Largest Business of the Year!

Cow Pleasant Dairy Inc. (Isabella County) was named the Large Business of the Year for a new dairy facility for its 3,450-cow herd. The facility contains efficient equipment to cool and transport milk directly to tankers for shipment, fans to cool the animals and LED lighting. Cow Pleasant Dairy, which is located in Weidman, received $117,637 in rebates from Consumers Energy.

Grand Opening of the Harrison City Market!

The City of Harrison opened its brand new city market on October 20th, 2016. It will be a wonderful addition to the community and is open all year round!

Harrison City Market Ribbon Cutting Pic (002)

Check out this article about MMDC by Business in Focus Magazine!

Growing Business in Michigan

To celebrate the Middle Michigan Development Corporation’s 35th anniversary, we created a tribute video that is a must see!

Congressman John Moolenaar send MMDC a wonderful tribute letter for our anniversary. We appreciate your support in our economic development efforts.

MMDC Tribute Letter from John Moolenaar

Check out this article from the Morning Sun about Chippewa Achieve Program!

New Effort Eases Transfer from Mid Michigan to CMU

Jim McBryde and Kathy Methner have been featured on the front page of the Clare County Cleaver for the growth of Middle Michigan Development Corporation! (Click Photo For Link)


Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance Launches New Website

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Art Reach of Mid-Michigan Wins Tourism Award

Congratulations to Art Reach for winning the William Brehm Tourism Award!

Art Reach of Mid-Michigan Wins Tourism Award

Sightseeing in Northern Michigan: Morbark

Check out the outstanding video overview of Morbark released by TV 9 & 10.

Sightseeing in Northern Michigan: Morbark

Check out the latest video from Alro Steel

Alro Steel Video

Tax Increment Financing Plan Extended for 5 Years


City of Mt. Pleasant Commission unanimously approved the recommendation by the Local Development Finance Authority (LDFA) to extend the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Plan for an additional five years.


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