I-69 International Trade Corridor


St. Clair County, MICHIGAN – October 28 

The I-69 International Trade Corridor Next Michigan Development Corporation (NMDC) recently received a Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award for Regionalism and Cross-Border Cooperation from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).   The honor was awarded at a ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas on Monday, October 20.

“We are pleased to receive this recognition from the IEDC,” said Paul Brake, Chair of the I-69 International Trade Corridor NMDC and City Manager for the City of Grand Blanc.  “The goal of the NMDC is to promote economic growth along the I-69 Corridor and this recognition of our cross-border collaboration with the Southwest Economic Alliance in Ontario is very encouraging.”

The I-69 International Trade Corridor NMDC is a collaboration between Shiawassee, Genesee, Lapeer and St. Clair Counties, which is focused on promoting the region’s shared transportation assets (road, rail, air and water) and close proximity to Canada to generate economic development opportunities.

“The I-69 International Trade Corridor NMDC has better equipped us to market our major transportation assets such as the Bishop International Airport, Canadian National and CSX railways, the Blue Water Bridge and major highways along the corridor,” said CEO of the Economic Development Alliance, Dan Casey.

“Joining together with our neighboring municipal partners is about strengthening our economy and recognizing that working together benefits us all.  The joint marketing efforts of our region through numerous trade shows, trade missions and co-hosted site selector activities represented by the I-69 International Trade Corridor have exceeded what any of us could do independently,” said Administrator/Controller of St. Clair County, Bill Kauffman.      

“Economic development efforts have long been a keystone in the quest to bolster the economy and improve quality of life in every locality across the country,” said Bill Sproull, IEDC Chair. “As the nation continues to tackle challenges in the midst of global uncertainty, these efforts have taken on an even greater significance. With this award, we laud trendsetting organizations like I-69 International Trade Corridor Next Michigan Development Corporation for leading the charge.”

The I-69 International Trade Corridor NMDC recently entered into a Binational Innovation and Collaboration Agreement with the Southwest Economic Alliance (SWEA) in Ontario, Canada and the Detroit Regional Chamber.  The purpose of the agreement is to recognize the strong economic potential of the Binational Blue Water Region of Southwest Ontario and East Michigan to promote trade, transportation, and economic growth in the region.

The NMDC spans 120 linear miles, including four counties and 36 municipalities, and is the largest NMDC.  The designation, through enabling state law, allows economic development officials and participating municipalities to offer economic incentives to help attract, grow, and retain businesses in the region.  Similar designations exist in four other regions within Michigan.

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders. These awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities.


About EDA:

The Economic Development Alliance (EDA) of St. Clair County is a private non-profit organization that provides general purpose economic development services throughout St. Clair County.  EDA offers a wide variety of services involving business recruitment and business retention with an overall goal of enhancing the quality of life for residents in St. Clair County.  The EDA is supported by a membership of over 100 businesses from the private & public sector.  www.edascc.com.