I-69 Thumb Region

Whether you need to export products around the world, manufacture products for domestic distribution or receive materials, it can all happen in Michigan's Blue Water Gateway. With Flint's Bishop International Airport at its core, the corridor offers access to major freeways- including I-69, I-75, and I-94; St. Clair River water ports and multiple rail providers including CSX and Canadian National. The corridor's Blue Water International Border Crossing is the leading border crossing in terms of freight volume and value and includes the Blue Water Bridge, as well as a double-deck rail tunnel.

Have you ever considered that your community may have limits to growth and attractiveness as a destination? Have you won...
01/17/2020
Current Issues Affecting Michigan Local Governments: Tourism Area Life Cycles for Preventing Destination Decline – The Importance of Public and Private Sector Partnerships for Tourism Development

Have you ever considered that your community may have limits to growth and attractiveness as a destination? Have you wondered just where the tipping point is for a destination and how to navigate the challenges of too much tourism or too little?

Communities across Michigan are destinations for millions of visitors each year, but challenges exist for the public and private sector vested in sustaining them.

This webinar will focus on the Tourism Area Life Cycle (TALC) model. Participants will learn the TALC stages and their importance for public/private partnerships when striving for growth and avoiding decline. A summary of research and best practices will provide public and private sector participants with strategies for fostering sustainable tourism development.
https://events.anr.msu.edu/TALCWebinar/

This webinar is part of MSU Extension’s webinar series focused on current issues affecting local governments in Michigan.

12/20/2019
Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce

Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce

To showcase Genesee County's natural assets and recreational opportunities, the Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission partnered with Terrain360 and the I-69 Thumb Region to create interactive maps of area land and water trails. To check it out, visit gcmpc.org/non-motorized and select "360-Degree Trail Imagery."

The Infrastructure Asset Management - Spring Summit is only 2 weeks away! Please forward to those you know would benefit...
06/03/2019

The Infrastructure Asset Management - Spring Summit is only 2 weeks away! Please forward to those you know would benefit from this summit.

Register today at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/X7QNMHY

360-degree maps being created for local trails
05/29/2019
360-degree maps being created for local trails

360-degree maps being created for local trails

GENESEE COUNTY, Mich. - If you want to know, what to expect before you set out on a hike, canoe trip, or bike ride, soon you'll have your chance. Right now, 360-degree maps are being created of the trails across Genesee County. The Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission is partnering with T...

Great opportunity this week in Lapeer!
04/08/2019

Great opportunity this week in Lapeer!

Grow In Michigan's Thumb Region
04/03/2019
Grow In Michigan's Thumb Region

Grow In Michigan's Thumb Region

TELLING OURCOMMUNITY’S STORY LIFE HAPPENSIN MICHIGAN The I-69 Thumb Region is rich in assets and opportunity. Comprising seven counties in eastern Michigan, our area’s arts and culture, business and technology, neighborhoods and communities are what makes our area so worthwhile. Our stories trul...

I-69 Thumb Region
03/23/2019
I-69 Thumb Region

I-69 Thumb Region

Meet the chef who found the recipe for success in Michigan's thumb region.

The 10 Cents a Meal program has become a huge success here in the I-69 Thumb Region. Use the following link to learn mor...
03/22/2019

The 10 Cents a Meal program has become a huge success here in the I-69 Thumb Region. Use the following link to learn more: https://www.tencentsmichigan.org/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESeven businesses vied for the top spot in the 2018 Catapult Business Competition in Lapeer County o...
02/04/2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Seven businesses vied for the top spot in the 2018 Catapult Business Competition in Lapeer County on Thursday, January 24, 2019 with PAK’s Floating Cottages (Huron County) winning first-place and taking home the $6,000 grand prize.

The final round of competition was held as part of the I-69 Regional Summit, hosted by the I-69 Thumb Region at the Lapeer Country Club. Cash prizes of $4,000 and $2,000, respectively, were awarded to second-place winner South of Heaven Beverage Company (St. Clair County) and third-place finisher Triple J. Café (Sanilac County).

Each of the seven competing businesses advanced to the finals after winning the county-level contests. The I-69 Thumb Region includes Shiawassee, Genesee, Lapeer, St. Clair, Sanilac, Huron and Tuscola counties.

The other contestants were: Bee Lovely Botanicals (Tuscola County); Sweet Tee’s Salon & Kids Spa (Genesee County); Happy Girl Granola (Shiawassee County); Stone’s Throw Theatre (Lapeer County). Each of these contestants won $2,500 in their local county competition. Overall, the I-69 Thumb Region awarded a total of $40,000 to area entrepreneurs for the 2018 Catapult Business competition.

We are excited to be taking part in a video shoot at Hiram’s Tavern! Chef Mike was chosen to represent Lapeer County as ...
01/10/2019

We are excited to be taking part in a video shoot at Hiram’s Tavern! Chef Mike was chosen to represent Lapeer County as an individual who grew up in the area, left for further education, and then came back to create a unique business.

Lapeer Development Corporation Announces Winners of Lapeer County Business Competition Three Lapeer County businesses co...
12/12/2018

Lapeer Development Corporation Announces Winners of Lapeer County Business Competition

Three Lapeer County businesses competed in the business competition sponsored by the I-69 Thumb Region today. The presentations from business sectors demonstrated the vast array of businesses in the county. Stone’s Throw Theater won first place and Peaceful Moon Yoga won second place.

“This competition was put in place to support the growth of small businesses in Lapeer County and the I-69 Thumb Region,” said Patricia Lucas, Executive Director of the Lapeer Development Corporation. “The goal of the competition is to help businesses expand production, increase jobs and spur economic activity.”

Stone’s Throw Theater will move on to a regional contest, with a chance to win $5,000 for first place, $3,000 for second place or $1,000 for third place in the regional finals. The regional competition will take place on January 24th at the Lapeer Country Club. For more information, visit www.i-69thumbregion.org. Competition prizes have been made possible through a grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and other sponsors.

The I-69 Thumb Region is a partnership of the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership, Lapeer Development Corporation, Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County, Sanilac & Huron County Economic Development Corporation and Tuscola County Economic Development Corporation.

University Outreach at the University of Michigan-Flint
11/06/2018

University Outreach at the University of Michigan-Flint

Great University of Michigan-Flint EDA University Center for Community & Economic Development Advisory Board meeting today in Port Huron. Thank you to our host Dan Casey from the Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County and our guest speaker, Dan Manning, from Connect Michigan.

Great training opportunity! Registration closes October 15
10/11/2018

Great training opportunity! Registration closes October 15

I-69 Regional Development Corporation USDA Funds Project in St. Clair CountyThe I-69 Regional Development Corporation US...
02/20/2018

I-69 Regional Development Corporation USDA Funds Project in St. Clair County

The I-69 Regional Development Corporation USDA Revolving Loan funds Medical Staffing and Consulting Network LLC d/b/a Crystal Cares Home Care, an expanding home care business in Port Huron. “Crystal Laeder, owner has been a pleasure to work with and I wish her great success with this expanding business. The fund is available to assist businesses with financing needs that result in the creation of jobs in the region.” stated Patricia Lucas, Executive Director of the I-69 Regional Development Corporation.

If you are a small business in the I-69 Thumb Region there is a program to help you with financing through the I-69 Regional Development Corporation Revolving Loan Fund. Loans are available in the region consisting of Genesee, Huron, Lapeer, Sanilac, Shiawassee, St. Clair and Tuscola Counties for financing business expansions or location projects that result in the creation of new jobs. The purpose of the fund is to promote and enhance economic development in the region.

The loan fund parameters are as follows:

Authorized Use of Fund: Fixed assets and working capital

Who Can Borrow: Expanding or prospective new businesses in the I-69 Region

Maximum Loan Amount: Negotiated based on job creation and fund availability.

Term: Real Estate 7 years (up to 30 year amortization)
Equipment up to 10 years
Working Capital up to 18 months

Interest Rate: Direct Loans – negotiable
Participation Loans – The lesser of the primary lender rate or a negotiated rate

If your business is considering an expansion project, please contact Patricia at the I-69 Regional Development Corporation office at (810) 667-0080 or [email protected]

Looking to build off the success of last week’s talent forum, the I-69 Thumb Region is now seeking proposals for ways to...
01/31/2018
I-69 Thumb Region Issues RFP for Connecting Workers to Jobs - I-69 Thumb Region

Looking to build off the success of last week’s talent forum, the I-69 Thumb Region is now seeking proposals for ways to improve the regional workforce supply in 2018 and beyond.

Specifically, the Request for Proposal (RFP) should address one of two key areas discussed at the Jan. 24 forum: Underemployment – Assist residents working part-time and/or at low wages with strategies to advance them into higher paying, full-time jobs with benefits. Retirement/Succession Planning...

I-69 Thumb Region's cover photo
01/31/2018

I-69 Thumb Region's cover photo

I-69 Regional Development Corporation Funds New Restaurant in Downtown LapeerI-69 Regional Development Corporation Revol...
12/08/2017

I-69 Regional Development Corporation Funds New Restaurant in Downtown Lapeer

I-69 Regional Development Corporation Revolving Loan funds Vinyl Bar & Grill, a new restaurant that will be opening in downtown Lapeer. “Scott Jankovic, owner of Vinyl Bar & Grill has been a pleasure to work with and I wish him great success in this new venture. The fund is available to assist businesses with financing needs that result in the creation of jobs in the region.” stated Patricia Lucas, Executive Director of the I-69 Regional Development Corporation.

If you are a small business in the I-69 Thumb Region there is a program to help you with financing through the I-69 Regional Development Corporation Revolving Loan Fund. Loans are available in the region consisting of Genesee, Huron, Lapeer, Sanilac, Shiawassee, St. Clair and Tuscola Counties for financing business expansions or location projects that result in the creation of new jobs. The purpose of the fund is to promote and enhance economic development in the region.

The loan fund parameters are as follows:

Authorized Use of Fund: Fixed assets and working capital

Who Can Borrow: Expanding or prospective new businesses in the I-69 Region

Maximum Loan Amount: Negotiated based on job creation and fund availability. Project must create at least one job for every $35,000 loaned.

Term: Real Estate 7 years (up to 30 year amortization)
Equipment up to 10 years
Working Capital up to 18 months

Interest Rate: Direct Loans – negotiable
Participation Loans – The lesser of the primary lender rate or a negotiated rate

If your business is considering an expansion project, please contact Patricia at the I-69 Regional Development Corporation office at (810) 667-0080 or [email protected]

Lapeer Development Corporation Announces Winners of Lapeer CountyBusiness Competition Three Lapeer County businesses com...
08/09/2017
- I-69 Thumb Region

Lapeer Development Corporation Announces Winners of Lapeer County
Business Competition

Three Lapeer County businesses competed in the business competition sponsored by the I-69 Thumb Region at the White Horse Inn on August 8th. The presentations from business sectors demonstrated the vast array of businesses in the county. Simply Enjoyable Snacks won first place for the success in producing, labeling and distributing t products and In2 Yoga won second place for its marketing and growth plan.

“This competition was put in place to support the growth of small businesses in Lapeer County and the I-69 Thumb Region,” said Patricia Lucas, Executive Director of the Lapeer Development Corporation. “The goal of the competition is to help businesses expand production, increase jobs and spur economic activity.”

Simply Enjoyable Snacks will move on to a regional contest, with a chance to win $5,000 for first place, $3,000 for second place or $1,000 for third place in the regional finals. The regional competition will take place on September 21st at the Lapeer Country Club. For more information, visit www.i-69thumbregion.org. Competition prizes have been made possible through a grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and other sponsors.

The I-69 Thumb Region is a partnership of the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership, Lapeer Development Corporation, Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County, Sanilac & Huron County Economic Development Corporation and Tuscola County Economic Development Corporation.

We Grow it.  We Move it.  We Work it.  We Enjoy it! The I-69 Thumb Region is rich in assets and opportunities. Covering seven counties in eastern Michigan, the region has a wide range of agricultural richness, manufacturing know-how and transportation resources. If it’s grown or created in the regio...

On Thursday, May 4, 2017 there will be an Ecotourism Symposium at The Willows Ecology Center at Chatfield School in Lape...
04/24/2017

On Thursday, May 4, 2017 there will be an Ecotourism Symposium at The Willows Ecology Center at Chatfield School in Lapeer. Participants will hear from energetic speakers and learn about how to promote and develop ecotourism sites and events that will attract visitors and get locals excited about conservation. The day-long Symposium is open to all and the cost is $20, which includes breakfast, lunch, an I-69 Thumb Region water bottle and optional guided paddle on beautiful Farmers Creek. To register, or if you have questions, please click the link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WWH57VX, visit us on the web at www.i-69thumbregion.org or call the Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission at 810.257.3010.

On Thursday, May 4, 2017 there will be an Ecotourism Symposium at The Willows Ecology Center at Chatfield School in Lapeer. Participants will hear from energetic speakers and learn about how to promote and develop ecotourism sites and events that will attract visitors and get locals excited about conservation. The day-long Symposium is open to all and the cost is $20, which includes breakfast, lunch, an I-69 Thumb Region water bottle and optional guided paddle on beautiful Farmers Creek. To register, or if you have questions, please click the link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WWH57VX, visit us on the web at www.i-69thumbregion.org or call the Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission at 810.257.3010.

Explore Flint & Genesee
04/09/2017

Explore Flint & Genesee

To check out our new visitors guide, pick up a hard copy at one of the Flint & Genesee Visitors Information Centers, download the app or visit bit.ly/flintandgenesee!

One of the wonderful things about Flint... Berston Fieldhouse! And Friends of Berston Field House
03/20/2017
The rise of Berston Field House

One of the wonderful things about Flint... Berston Fieldhouse! And Friends of Berston Field House

'Berston is the home of champions, a place that makes a difference in the community'

Anyone interested in applying for the positions should contact Michigan Works! at 711 Saginaw Street, No. 300, in Flint,...
03/14/2017
Huntington Bank to invest $5.4M in downtown Flint, bring in 60 jobs

Anyone interested in applying for the positions should contact Michigan Works! at 711 Saginaw Street, No. 300, in Flint, or by phone at 810-233-5974 or online at gstmiworks.org.

Huntington National Bank plans to expand its call center in downtown Flint, investing nearly $5.4 million in renovating its Saginaw Street complex and creating 60 new jobs.

Our region is leader in the promotion of First Robotics.  Kettering is hosting one of several district contests in our r...
03/08/2017
Live on ABC12 News This Morning: FIRST Robotics District Competition week at Flint's Kettering University

Our region is leader in the promotion of First Robotics. Kettering is hosting one of several district contests in our region. See TV12's live coverage from this morning!

(03/08/17)--Marc Jacobson is live on ABC12 News This Morning at Flint's Kettering University. More than 90 high school teams are on their way to campus for the second week of a massive FIRST Robotics District Competition. Kettering's recreation center has been transformed into a robotics arena, with...

03/08/2017

Awesome afternoon in Lapeer yesterday, learning about some exciting new tools from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to help spur new industrial building construction. If any of our friends in real estate development would like to learn more, let me know.

03/02/2017

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) has recently created new financing and incentive tools aimed at encouraging construction of new speculative building spaces for corporate office, research & development, technical centers, manufacturing and/or logistics users.

Our I-69 Thumb Region partnership will be hosting MEDC program staff for an education session next week to explain these new programs and advise regarding how the tools might apply to existing and new opportunities in our region.

Here are the particulars:

Date: Tuesday, March 7th
Time: 3:30-5:00pm
Location: Lapeer Country Club, 3786 Hunt Rd., Lapeer, MI 48446
To RSVP, email Julie Hipps at [email protected].

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