Regional and State Partnerships

The Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership leverages resources and develops important and beneficial partnerships which are the underpinning of our business attraction strategies. Three key such partnerships include:

  • I-69 International Trade Corridor – a new collaborative effort by businesses and local government partners from Shiawassee, Genesee, Lapeer and St. Clair Counties (population approximately 750,000) to market the area’s airport, highway, railroad and water port resources to companies that are engaged in international commerce, particularly through Canada. The goal is to encourage firms to not only ship through this corridor, but to also setup manufacturing and distribution facilities here to take advantage of these multi-modal transportation opportunities. To support the program, a Next Michigan Development Corporation has been created with participation from 36 municipalities in the four counties (including 12 in Shiawassee County), making it one of the largest intergovernmental collaboratives in the State of Michigan.
  • Detroit Regional Chamber (DRC) – another regional marketing opportunity, this one with a focus on the larger Detroit metropolitan area (population approximately 5,000,000). The DRC has re-engineered its economic development efforts, with a focus on effectively marketing the Detroit region’s assets, cultivating new business opportunities and accelerating new business recruitment. By being included in their marketing materials, promotion at trade shows, participation in local events, etc., Shiawassee County will be able to access many more domestic and international new business prospects.
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  • Michigan Economic Development Corporation – the State of Michigan’s EDC is playing an active role not only in regional economic development, but in targeted recruitment activities, including foreign direct investment.
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Contact Justin Horvath at Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership for more information.