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