ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Michigan - A Cross-Border Community

When locating a business in St. Clair County, Michigan, you will directly benefit from the economic ties shared with our cross-border partner, Canada.  Scarcely separated by a beautiful blue river and joined by an international bridge; the Canadian market is a vital part of our local economy.  It is estimated, that the Canadian market makes up 30%-70% of our local business customer base. This market creates jobs for local residents and property tax dollars for local units of government. 

We recognize the astounding value of the Canadian market to our region and have been proactive in nourishing and expanding it.  Here are a few ways you can also benefit from our strategic border location.

Plenty of Perks for Canadian Industrial Businesses for U.S. expansion in St. Clair County, Michigan:

  • Lower Land Costs 
  • Access to Larger Markets
  • ‘Made in America’ appeal can lead to even more contracts
  • Successful manufacturing community with strong manufacturing workforce skills
  • Domestic shipping rates throughout the United States

Outstanding Tourism & Retail Potential – Capture both U.S. and Canadian Shoppers & Travelers

  • Largest Canadian Shopping Market in Michigan
  • Canadians Buy Up Bargains and Hotel Rooms in St. Clair County
  • Over 40% of hotel stays are Canadian guests/visitors
  • 66% Hotel Occupancy Rate in St. Clair County, Michigan (Michigan average – 57%)
  • $200+ Million in Canadian spending occurs in St. Clair County, Michigan, annually 
  • Increased Duty Free Spending Limits - $200  for day trips and $800 duty-free merchandise for 48 hour visits
  • 85% of visits are day trips for cross-border shopping  & dining
  • Nearly 4 Million passengers enter Port Huron annually via the Blue Water Bridge