The Blue Water region is rich in history, resources, environmental and other assets, and people. With one of the most active border crossings in the United States and transportation assets that include deep water ports, mainline rail, airports and major expressways, St. Clair County is a major region for trade in the global economy. Positioned downstream from the Port of Halifax, and connected by Canadian National (CN) and the 401/I-69 corridor, opportunity for increased trade across our border is expected to continue to grow in future years.
When thinking of Made in Michigan, think of St. Clair County. A successful manufacturing community with thriving industrial parks, our region has been superb at 'making stuff' for years. Our niche market has been serving the auto industry; and our competitive edge is being located within a 4 hour radius of 25 auto assembly plants. It's no wonder that our our automotive empire continues to grow.
Major retailers and hospitality developers continue to invest in the Blue Water region, due to the significant impact from our strategic cross-border market. Canadian visitors flock to the area for day trips and overnight stays, contributing over $200 million to the local economy per year. Foreign Direct Investment from Canadian business investors is also on the rise, for both small and big business. From restaurants, to lofts, to multi-million dollar business acquisitions, Canadians love to shop, dine, play and invest in St. Clair County, Michigan.
A determining factor in new business site selection decisions will continue to revolve around a skilled workforce. St. Clair County, Michigan, is taking a proactive approach to talent development; identifying skills gaps, developing career pathways, and providing supporting programs for cultivating an adaptable, skilled workforce, aligned with current and future industry needs.
As for life beyond the office, Blue Water Area living offers an exceptional quality of life with 70 miles of beautiful waterfront and fantastic year-round recreational opportunities, trails, beaches and community festivals. Excellent healthcare for your loved ones, growing educational opportunities and a cost of living 15% below the national average, round out the list of great reasons to get to know St. Clair County, Michigan for business and pleasure.
St. Clair County, Michigan
- A great place to invest
- A great place to do business
- A great place to raise a family