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Northeast Michigan Business... Opportunities await.

Not only is Northeast Michigan a great place to live and play with it's Pure Michigan lifestyle and exceptional quality of life, but it's also an ideal location for business. Consider starting, expanding or relocating your business to Northeast Michigan. Join us in creating a thriving and prosperous Northeast region!

Alpena PortRegion 3 Statistics

    • Population - 202,476 (2014)
    • Exports - $6,138,144,612 (67% of supply) (2012)
    • Imports - $8,349,828,183 (73% of demand) (2012)
    • Gross regional product (GRP) - $5,110,444,989 (2013)
    • Top 5 industry sectors by jobs (2014)
        1. Government (10,938)
        2. Retail Trade (10,788)
        3. Health Care and Social Assistance (7,505)
        4. Accommodation and Food Services (7,001)
        5. Manufacturing (5,399)

Northeast Michigan is Well-Connected

    • Bordered by north-south I-75 to the west and US-23 to the east, with a number of east-west roadways
    • Three Lake Huron deep water ports, located in Alpena, Cheboygan and Rogers City
    • Limited rail access along the eastern edge of the region leading to Alpena

Northeast Michigan is Committed to Business

    • Economic development tools and financial support for business expansions and growth through a variety of resources, incentives and loans

Northeast Michigan Fuels Growth and Opportunity

    • Regional partners, such as Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium, SBDC (Small Business Development Center), PTAC (Procurement Technical Assistance Center), and NEMCOG (Northeast Michigan Council of Governments), look forward to providing support and guidance.
    • Pure Michigan Business Connect is a free access statewide procurement marketplace for businesses that features thousands of buyers and Michigan suppliers. Expand your supply chain, identify new opportunities and gain access to free or significantly reduced legal, accounting, human resources and web services.

Economic Development and Workforce Development Partner Impacts

Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium

      • 1,062 area employers assisted (7/16-6/17)
      • 1,982 jobs filled with the assistance of Michigan Works! (7/16-6/17)
      • 12 businesses awarded Skilled Trades Training Funds, totaling $492,403 (2018)

PTAC (Procurement Technical Assistance Center) - Northeast Michigan Consortium

      • $20,604,934 in contracts awarded in the region (10/15-9/16)
      • 103 jobs created/retained in the region (FY2016)
      • ROI of $284 to $1 (dollar value of contract awards to each dollar MEDC invested in Region 3 PTAC) (FY2016)
      • ROI of $136 to $1 (dollar value of contract awards to each dollar Defense Logistics Agency invested in Region 3 PTAC) (FY2016)

SBDC (Small Business Development Center) - Northeast Michigan Region

      • 26 new businesses started (2015)
      • 428 jobs created and retained (2015)
      • 363 businesses counseled and 18 individuals trained (2015)
      • $17.3 million in capital formation (2015)

MEDC (Michigan Economic Development Corporation)  Source

      • 21 MEDC Driven Projects (FY2016/17/18)
      • $20,578,862 projected total public support (2016/17/18)
      • $328,933,456 projected total private investment (2016/17/18)
      • 313 total jobs committed (direct) (2016/17/18)

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Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium is a division of Northeast Michigan Consortium, an Equal Opportunity Employer. Supported by the State of Michigan. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. TTY#711