Bay County Building
515 Center Avenue
Bay City, Michigan 48708-5941

Organized in 1857 and blessed with an abundance of water resources, Bay County is located on the eastern shoreline of Michigan’s lower peninsula, which borders the Saginaw Bay, an inlet of Lake Huron. Multiple streams and creeks, along with two main rivers, the Kawkawlin and Saginaw. With 30 miles of shoreline, Bay County continues to have a steady stream of industry - and pleasure-seeks - ready to take advantage of all the area has to offer.

Bay County is a place where businesses believe in the strength of family, knowing your neighbors, and giving an honest day's work. You can find quality medical and educational facilities, recreation resources, and cultural attractions within Bay County. Easy accessibility to a number of major cities makes travel and commerce convenient as well.

Local Resources for Economic Development and Training

Bay County is fortunate to have a number of local economic development professionals and organizations that provide services for business and industrial development that can be utilized immediately whether the issues involve strategies for financial assistance, infrastructure improvements, public relations in the community, training the workforce, or introduction to the community. A few of these local organizations include:

Chambers of Commerce

Michigan Resources for Economic Development

Top Three Largest County Employers

  • McLaren - Bay Region - 2,016
  • Dow Corning Corporation - 1,245
  • Delta College - 1,029

Top Three Largest County Manufacturers

  • Dow Corning Corporation - 1,245
  • Michigan Sugar - 900 (seasonal)
  • Consumers Energy - 465

Transportation Resources


Three major highways, including Interstate 75 and U.S. 10, and four state trunk highways provide excellent road transportation to and from Bay County.


CSX Transportation and Lake State provide freight rail service in Bay County


MBS International Airport is services by two major airlines, providing daily flights including direct flights to Detroit, Minneapolis and Chicago. James Clements Airport, located within Bay City, has three runways and features water landing capabilities.



Consumers Energy Company provides gas and electric service to most areas outside of the City of Bay City. Bay City Electric Light and Power Company contracts with Consumers Energy Company to provide inexpensive energy to the City of Bay City and a few areas outside the community.


The new Bay County Metropolitan Water Plant facility is the result of an unprecedented joint agreement signed January 30, 2013 between the Bay County Road Commission, 10 townships, and 3 cities throughout Bay County. The project includes construction of a 40,893-sq-ft building containing the membrane filters, raw and finished water pumping, chemical storage and feed facilities, residuals treatment facilities, a laboratory, administration offices, and two 1.4 million gallon finished water tanks outside the building. The plant is part of the Saginaw-Midland Municipal system, which takes in Lake Huron water from near Au Gres and has a capacity of 17.4 million gallons of water a day. Bay City Wastewater Treatment Plant has a maximum capacity of 18.5 mgpd and a current daily flow of 10 mgpd and a current average daily flow of 10 mgpd. West Bay City Wastewater System averages a daily flow of 4.35 mgpd from its 10.8 mgdp-capacity facility.

Higher Education

There are eight higher education institutions, colleges and universities within 50 miles offering excellent undergraduate and graduate programs.

10 Key Public Sector Priorities to Promote Local Economic Development

  1. Efficient and responsive public services.
  2. An effective criminal justice system to reduce crime.
  3. Practical programs that reduce community blight.
  4. Financial support for local economic development efforts which emphasize retention, expansion, and attraction.
  5. Tax rates that are stable or lower.
  6. Maintenance and promotion of public recreational facilities.
  7. Expanded youth services including summer recreation and after school programs.
  8. Provide access to governmental information and technology, such as Geographic Information Systems.
  9. Improved, on-going communication with the private sector and the general public.
  10. Civility by elected public officials.

Economic Development Building Blocks

  • An ideal location in relation to your principal customers.
  • An image as an excellent community in which to live, work, and own a business. 
  • Quality of K-12 school systems, including programs that serve the needs of all children.
  • Access to quality higher education.
  • Supply of qualified, productive workforce.
  • Excellent Labor-Management relations.
  • Cost of Labor in relation to their productivity and skill sets.
  • Customized, on-going employee training services.
  • Retail shopping opportunities.
  • Efficiency of local government services.
  • Overall local tax levels that ensure value for taxes paid.
  • Transportation system and quality of local roads and streets.
  • Availability, capacity, and cost of water and sewer system.
  • Incidence of crime and response by criminal justice system.
  • Proximity to enjoyable cultural and recreational opportunities.
  • Business retention and expansion efforts.
  • Business attraction efforts.
  • Diversity of local economy (i.e., manufacturing, retail, high tech, service, agriculture).
  • Livability of neighborhoods including access to parks, condition of local streets and neighbors' homes, responsiveness of police and fire services.
  • Access to investment capital including venture, equity, and debt capital.

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