Burch Tank & Truck Inc. Expand Precision Cutting Capabilities 
Burch Tank & Truck Inc., one of our Middle Michigan companies, recently announced that they expanded their precision cutting capabilities by adding one of the largest fiber cutters in the Midwest to their Mt. Pleasant facility. Not only will this machine allow the company to offer custom cutting and high-quality fabrication parts, but it will also reduce costs and improve efficiencies.  
Laser Cutter
Does your company have precision cutting needs? Burch Tank & Truck Inc. wants to help support other Middle Michigan businesses and will offer this service at a reasonable cost. 
Veteran Recognition Breakfast Slated for November 8th, 2018 at 8:30 am

Veteran Recognition Breakfast Information

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.

Register for this event online. 

Drone Training Program Set to Kick Off November 11th at Mid Michigan College
drone over sunset sky

credit: Mid Michigan College

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.

We’re Hiring! 
MMDC We're Hiring


MMDC is looking to add a Rural County Contract Specialist/Field Manager to our team. This contractual  position will work with MMDC and neighboring economic development organizations to assess company readiness for growth opportunities in the Defense and Homeland Security sectors and to assist the counties of Clare, Isabella, Arenac, Gladwin and Gratiot in developing a database of manufacturers and businesses for the purpose of facilitating contracting opportunities and industry growth.

Additionally, this Field Manager position will assist in coordinating efforts with the economic development organizations representing each of these five counties along with the Saginaw Future Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) to further secure contracts and pursue opportunities within the Defense/Homeland Security industry.

Read the full job description.

Resumes can be submitted to: James McBryde via email or sent to the MMDC office located at 200 E. Broadway St., Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858.

Deadline to apply: November 30th, 2018

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MMDC Receives $100,000 in Grant Funding
Middle Michigan Development Corporation has received a Defense Industry Growth Area Grant which will be utilized to support defense industry growth in Isabella, Clare, Arenac, Gladwin and Gratiot counties.
This opportunity will allow for MMDC, along with additional Economic Development Organizations (EDOs) within Arenac, Gratiot and Gladwin counties to further support businesses and practices in place to identify those looking to diversify the products they manufacture through defense opportunities that exist or could exist in the near future.
MMDC and the additional EDOs will also work with local partners in an effort to identify at least 12 businesses ready to pursue defense opportunities and bring at least 50 new jobs to the area as a result.
Grant PR Screenshot
American Mitsuba Announces Possible Expansion of Mt. Pleasant-based Headquarters
In a recent Morning Sun article, American Mitsuba announced that it is looking to expand its footprint in the Middle Michigan region. This expansion would result in an investement of approximately $13.4 million dollars and the creation of 25-35 jobs over the next few years. Just recently American Mitsuba celebrated their 30th anniversary. They have been proud to call Middle Michigan home since 1988 with their North American headquarters established in the CMURC Mt. Pleasant SmartZone.
Celebrating 30 Years American Mitsuba
Join Us for Our Last Quarterly Breakfast of the Year October 16th
Earl Poleski, Executive Director of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, will be joining us October 16th for our last quarterly breakfast of 2018. Join us at Mountain Station, located at 506 W. Broadway, Downtown Mt. Pleasant, at 8am for up-to-date and relevant information for companies, organizations, and individuals living and working in Middle Michigan. Breakfast sponsored by Mercantile Bank.
Earl Poleski Bio
To RSVP for this event, please contact Teri Rau at or by calling our office at 989-772-2858 by October 10th, 2018.
MEDA Announces James McBryde as New Board of Directors Appointee 
The Michigan Economic Development Association (MEDA) has announced that our own Jim McBryde, President and CEO of MMDC, was offered and has accepted a term of service on the MEDA Board of Directors. MEDA is a state-wide organization that has worked with economic developers across Michigan for the past 58 years, providing support and education to enhance the vibrancy of our local communities.
James McBryde
Wildlife Gallery Hosts CMMA Best Practices Tour
Join Wildlife Gallery and the Central Michigan Manufacturer’s Association (CMMA) for a Best Practices Tour at the Wildlife Gallery’s Tanning Facility located in the Mt. Pleasant South Industrial Park Thursday, August 23rd from 5:30-8pm.
Wildlife Gallery Best Practice Tour
Roger Curtis Announces New Position with Consumers Energy
Roger Curtis, who spoke at our last quarterly breakfast, has accepted a new position as Vice President of Public Affairs with Consumers Energy beginning October 1st. Roger is leaving the Talent and Economic Development Department of Michigan where he played an integral part in development of the Marshall plan. Please join us in wishing Roger best of luck on his next career opportunity.
Marshall Plan for Talent PPT
Want to learn more about the Marshall plan? Find Roger’s presentation under employer resources.
Middle Michigan Receives Grant to Develop Rural Site Marketing Toolkit
The East Michigan Council of Governments (EMCOG) recently announced recipients of the 2018 EMCOG mini- and micro-grant awards. Middle Michigan Development Corporation (MMDC) was identified as one of eighteen organizations approved to receive funding. This funding will allow MMDC to work with other rural economic development organizations within Region 5 to develop a rural site marketing kit that can be utilized by communities such as ours to attract businesses to the area.
Other organizations within our local communities can be found in the full press release.
MMDC Releases July Mid-Year Report
Every July Middle Michigan Development Corporation (MMDC) releases their mid-year report. In this year’s edition, economic development success stories are highlighted on behalf of the businesses and organizations we work with throughout Clare and Isabella Counties. Download your interactive copy today by clicking on the picture below.
MMI Offers Opportunity to Become Inclusive Employer
MMI has been amping up its initiative to create win-win situations for both the people they serve and the businesses within their eight county region looking to fill their talent gaps. Employment specialists are available to work with business owners and provide one-on-one support to employees filling positions through the MMI job placement program.

For businesses interested in exploring this talent resource further, download this program fact sheet or visit

Mt. Pleasant and Local Organizations Take On Rebranding Project
The City of Mt. Pleasant, in coordination with local area organizations, has launched a community branding initiative and is seeking public input. Individuals interested in sharing their thoughts are encouraged to take an online survey and attend a town hall June 21st at 7pm at City Hall.

Mt. Pleasant is Rebranding

For further information, the City of Mt. Pleasant has additional details regarding this project on the City of Mt. Pleasant blog.
Bandit Industries, Inc. Announces Move to 100% Employee Owned Business Model 
Bandit Industries, Inc. has a lot to celebrate this year. Not only will they be celebrating their 35th anniversary in September, but recent news highlights both their continued growth and announces transition to an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). This news was reported in the Saturday, June 9th edition of the Morning Sun.
Join Us for Our Next Quarterly Breakfast in July! 
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, July 17th and join us at the Hotel Doherty in downtown Clare to hear from special guest speaker Roger Curtis, Director of the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development (TED). Complimentary breakfast also to be provided thanks to our sponsors, Chemical Bank.
July Quarterly Breakfast 2018
To RSVP for this event, please contact Teri Rau at or by calling our office at 989-772-2858 by July 12th, 2018.
Governor Snyder visits City of Harrison to celebrate completion of Rising Tide Program
Governor Snyder at Harrison Rising Tide Graduation
Thursday, May 24th, Govenor Rick Snyder visited the City of Harrison to celebrate the city’s completion of participation in the Rising Tide program. As the sixth city chosen, the rising tide program was developed to assist communities in creating sustainable plans to build up the community and address concerns like poverty and unemployment. Congratulations to this Middle Michigan community on completing this program and making a difference in our region!
Bill’s Custom Fab, Inc. receives Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF) grant 
Late last month it was announced that Bill’s Custom Fab, Inc. received a Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF) grant. Working with the Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! Team, they submitted the Industry Led Collaborative application in partnership with Burford Plumbing in Gratiot County. This will allow both companies to offer Blueprint Reading and Shop Math training to their employees. This training will not only be an asset to their employees, but enhance their competitive advantage as well.
Bandit Industries, Inc. Isabella County Expansion Featured Story in the Morning Sun
A recent story featured in the Morning Sun showcased the impact just one of our industrial businesses in the area can have on our local economy. Bandit Industries, Inc. has announced two expansions slated to take place this year which will result in an investment of $1.4 million dollars. An addition of approximately 50 jobs is also expected this year.

photo credit: Bandit Industries, Inc.

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


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.

CMU Maroon Logo

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 

Northern Initiatives Logo

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

4 7 16 Alliance Business Attraction-Website Press Release

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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