MICHIGAN'S I-69 INTERNATIONAL TRADE CORRIDOR
BRIDGE TO CANADA
1 HOUR FROM DETROIT
Working collaboratively provides outstanding opportunity and economic growth in the I-69 International Trade Corridor!
The I-69 International Trade Corridor is a 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 set up manufacturing and distribution facilities here to take advantage of these multi-modal transportation opportunities. To support this collaboration, a Next Michigan Development Corporation was 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!
The I-69 INTERNATIONAL TRADE CORRIDOR ADVANTAGES
Location is said to be everything when it comes to effective commerce.
Businesses in the Corridor, which includes Shiawassee, Genesee, Lapeer, and St. Clair counties, can benefit from state and local incentives, including real and personal property tax abatements, job creation credits, and tax-free renaissance zones. The Corridor offers export assistance and is home to two foreign trade zones. Both create opportunity to support expanded import and export activity.
The four county-wide economic development organizations that support the corridor are the Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership, Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, Lapeer Development Corporation, and the Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County.
The Corridor has numerous benefits: It covers 2,500 square miles located 68 miles from Detroit, 184 miles from Toronto, 222 miles from Cleveland, and 274 miles from Chicago. It boasts hundreds of available properties in four counties. Each county plays a unique role in making the region one of the most resource-rich in the state. The region offers a low cost of living and an outstanding quality of life, which features miles of beaches, natural waterways, unique cities and towns, and recreation and entertainment.
The counties that make up the I-69 Thumb Region are rich in resources, opportunity, and the benefits businesses look for like an available skilled workforce, international border crossing with access to Canada, multi-modal transportation, multi-industry expertise in manufacturing, automotive, agribusiness, green technology, medical technology, and a strong infrastructure, including water, waste treatment, broadband, gas, and electric.
The I-69 International Trade Corridor is rich in location, benefits, and resources!
FOURCOUNTIES: SHIAWASSEE, GENESEE, LAPEER, ST. CLAIR
THE I-69 TRADE CORRIDOR RESOURCES CAN GROW YOUR BUSINESS!
The UM-Flint EDA University Center for Community and Economic Development coordinates, informs, and contributes to economic development efforts that cultivate innovation and advance high-growth entrepreneurship needed to build and sustain a diversified economy throughout the 4-county I-69 International Trade Corridor (Genesee, Shiawassee, Lapeer, and St. Clair counties).