LATEST NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS
James McBryde Receives MEDA’s 2020 Medalist/Economic Developer of the Year Award
The Michigan Economic Development Association (MEDA) awarded our President and CEO of MMDC, James McBryde, the prestigious MEDA Medalist/Economic Developer of Year award at the MEDA annual conference. MEDA is a state-wide organization that has worked with economic developers across Michigan for the past 60 years. The association provides a variety of services and programs to enhance local communities all across the state of Michigan.
MMDC September Virtual Quarterly Meeting
Tune in September 15th to hear from special guest speaker, Wayne Hofmann, President/Co-founder of Infuse GLB and Chelsea Beckman, who is part of the Community Assistance team at the MEDC. Both speakers will be discussing community redevelopment and the impact to downtown areas. Details on how to attend the virtual quarterly meeting can be found in the attached flyer.
A special thank you to Consumers Energy for sponsoring this event!
Small Business Restart Program – Application Period Open July 15 – August 20, 2020
In an effort to support Michigan small businesses that were negatively impacted by COVID-19, the State of Michigan issued $100 million of CARES Act funding towards the Michigan Small Business Restart Program through Senate Bill 690.
Middle Michigan Development Corporation (MMDC) will distribute $3,500,000 in grants through this program to eligible small businesses located in Arenac, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella and Midland counties. Of these, minority-owned, woman-owned and veteran-owned businesses must receive 30% of the grant dollars made available.
MMDC is encouraging businesses in Clare and Isabella to apply. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 989-772-2858 or at email@example.com.
Small Business Relief Program – Grants and Low-Interest Loans Available
Exciting news for small businesses! MMDC has received funding to provide up to $10,000 in grant funding to help small businesses that are in need of financial support through the Michigan Small Business Relief Program. Both grants and low-interest loans are available.Applications are being accepted March 27th – April 1st.
Canceled – MMDC March 17th Quarterly Breakfast
Unfortunately, our March Quarterly Breakfast featuring Dan Eichinger, Director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, scheduled for Tuesday, March 17th at 8 am at the Doherty Hotel has been canceled. Our top priority is the health and safety of our community and everyone who was planning to attend our quarterly breakfast.
To stay up-to-date on the coronovirus (COVID-19) and to access a variety of helpful resources for you and your business, we encourage you to visit the following state and local websites:
https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/ and https://www.cmdhd.org/.
If you have any questions about our quarterly breakfast or future MMDC programs, please do not hesitate to contact our President and CEO, Jim McBryde, at 989-772-2858 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discover Great Lakes Bay Coming Home Event Welcomed Young Professionals Back to the Region
MMDC Quarterly Breakfast with Special Guest Maureen Krauss
Join us October 22nd at Mountain Town Station to hear from special guest Maureen Krauss, CEO of Donohue Krauss LLC and accomplished economic development expert with a demonstrated history of leadership in business attraction and economic growth.
Complimentary breakfast provided thanks to our sponsor, Mercantile Bank!
RSVP by calling our office at 989-772-2858 or emailing Teri Rau at email@example.com by October 17th.
Discover Great Lakes Bay Coming Home Event in Downtown Mt. Pleasant
The Discover Great Lakes Bay talent initiative will culminate this year with a Coming Home Networking Mixer taking place in downtown Mt. Pleasant at Mountain Town Station October 11th from 3-5 pm. If your company has open positions to tell young professionals about, we highly encourage you to attend this event. Company’s can register at DiscoverGreatLakesBay.com.
Middle Michigan Development Corporation’s 2019 Mid-Year Report
Curious what our office and our area businesses have been up to so far this year? Read our mid-year report to find out!
July Quarterly Breakfast Featuring Special Guests Sheryl Presler and Doug Bush Scheduled for July 16th, 2019
Join us for our next Quarterly Breakfast Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. at the Hotel Doherty in Clare with Special Guest Speakers Sheryl Presler, Clare Gladwin RESD Superintendent and Doug Bush, Gratiot Isabella RESD Associate Superintendent for CTE.
They will be sharing information about being selected for a combined $2,616,611 Marshall Plan for Talent Innovation Grants and how this opportunity will attempt to address the Talent Gap issue in the State of Michigan to ensure employers have a high quality workforce and students will have the skills to find gainful employment. Attached is a flyer for your information and please forward to any others you believe would like to attend. A special thank you to Weinlander Fitzhugh, Certified Public Accountants & Consultants and Consumers Energy for sponsoring this breakfast.
RSVP by July 11th, 2019 by calling our office at 989-772-2858 or emailing Teri at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dare to Dream Of Your Future Through the Tour of Opportunities Event in Downtown Harrison May 22nd, 4-7 pm
Whether you’re dreaming of owning and operating your own business or are looking to redevelop properties in a downtown district, the Tour of Opportunities event taking place in downtown Harrison, MI will give you an insiders view at some of the current empty building spaces available.
The tour kicks off at the Harrison City Market at 122 N. Second St. where participants can enjoy hors’ de ourvres prepared by Harrison City Market food vendors.
RSVP by May 21st, 2019 by emailing Pam O’Laughlin at email@example.com or by calling our office at 989-772-2858.
Join Us for Our Next Quarterly Breakfast Featuring Christopher Rishko and Mark Berdan of Michigan Works!
Join us for our next quarterly breakfast scheduled for April 16th, 2019 at 8:00 am. Joining us will be Christopher Rishko and Mark Berdan representing Michigan Works! Breakfast provided at no charge thanks to our generous sponsor Isabella Bank.
To register, please email Teri Rau at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office at 989-772-2858.
MMDC Hosts Renewable Energy Summit February 25th
MMDC is hosting its first ever Renewable Energy Summit on February 25th, 2019 at the Clare-Gladwin RESD building in Harrison, MI. Whether you are a city, township or county official, serve on a planning commission or are a small business owner looking to learn more about the opportunities renewable energy options may provide, you are invited to attend this free workshop. A morning and afternoon session are available to attend and lunch will be provided by Consumers Energy.
To register, please email Pam O’Laughlin at email@example.com (mailto link).
Have questions? Call our office at 989-772-2858.
Clare and Isabella County Talent Consortiums Receive Over $2.6 Million in Marshall Plan Grant Funding
The Central Michigan Talent Consortium and the Middle Michigan Professional Trades Talent Consortium, representing partnerships with the Isabella-Gratiot RESD and Clare-Gladwin RESD respectively, are both recipients of Marshall Plan Innovation Grants, awarded to only nine talent consortiums throughout the state. MMDC has played an active role in both talent consortiums with Jim McBryde, President and CEO of MMDC, even serving as the convener for the Middle Michigan Professional Trades Talent Consortium.
Combined, these two consortiums will receive over $2.6 million in funding, bring together almost 60 local partners, and support career education for approximately 14,000 students.
Middle Michigan Development Corporation (MMDC) is partnering with Michigan Works! 7B on November 8th to celebrate veterans and introduce opportunity through MMDC and other area economic development organizations to assist businesses in considering defense diversification in coordination with the regional Procurement Technical Assistance Center . The Veteran Recognition Breakfast kicks off at 8:30 am at the Riverwalk Place in Gladwin and all area veterans, veteran-friendly businesses, and businesses interested in learning more about veteran-friendly practices are encouraged to attend. Registration is required.
Mid Michigan College is known for its excellent technical education programs, and this one is no different. Come and learn how to fly a drone and receive the necessary training to become FAA certified.
Small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) are an emerging technology that is expected to have an economic impact of $100 billion over the next four years.
Classes begin November 10th. Visit Mid Michigan College’s website for further information.
Join Us and Special Guest Katharine Czarnecki at our Quarterly Spring Breakfast, April 17th
Katharine Czarnecki, Senior Vice President of Community Development at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation will be joining us at Mountain Town Station in Mt. Pleasant for an informative and educational discussion. Breakfast to be served thanks to our generous sponsor, Isabella Bank.
RSVP by April 10th by calling our office at 989-772-2858 or by contacting Teri Rau at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or or James E. Wheeler, President of GGDI at 989-875-2083 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
To register, please contact Teri Rau at (989)772-2858 or contact us via email. RSVP 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.
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.
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.
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.
MMDC’s July 2017 Newsletter Ready to Read
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
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
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Check out this article about MMDC by Business in Focus Magazine!
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.
Check out this article from the Morning Sun about Chippewa Achieve Program!
Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance Launches New Website
Art Reach of Mid-Michigan Wins Tourism Award
Congratulations to Art Reach for winning the William Brehm Tourism Award!
Sightseeing in Northern Michigan: Morbark
Check out the outstanding video overview of Morbark released by TV 9 & 10.
Check out the latest video from Alro Steel
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.