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Economic Development

The City welcomes the opportunity to create positive growth and redevelopment opportunities, maintain and enhance employment opportunities, by retaining and creating jobs, as well as to diversify and enhance the city's tax base.

Mt. Pleasant’s economy has remained steady and prosperous by successfully attracting new businesses and helping existing companies grow. The City has focused on creating new employment opportunities in 21st century industries, maintaining a great quality of life, and facilitating business growth at the local and international level.

Whether you’re an entrepreneur, small business owner, or CEO of an international corporation, Mt. Pleasant is a great place to do business. The Economic Development team will help you grow your business by working side-by-side with you, whether it’s through the finding the right location to open or expand, applying for programs or incentives, answering zoning questions, or reviewing building plans. 

The City's adopted Economic Development plans outlines the City’s economic develop goals and focuses investment in our community.

Economic Development Action Plan

We appreciate your interest in our community. Please let us know how we can help you learn more about all we have to offer.

Economic Development Department Contacts
  • Community Services & Economic Development Director
    William R. Mrdeza, Director of Community Services & Economic Development, 989-779-5311, wmrdeza@mt-pleasant.org

    Building Safety
    Brian Kench, Building Official, 989-779-5301, bkench@mt-pleasant.org

    Downtown Development and Historic Districts
    Michelle Sponseller, Downtown Development Director, 989-779-5348, msponseller@mt-pleasant.org

    Planning and Community Development
    Manuela Powidayko, Director of Planning & Community Development, 989-779-5346, mpowidayko@mt-pleasant.org

City Profile
  • As home to Central Michigan University, Mid-Michigan College and two of the region’s most heralded health and hospital centers, we offer a vital and energetic lifestyle with amenities not often found in a community retaining a true “hometown” feel. Surrounded by lakes, rivers, forests, and healthy farmland, Mt. Pleasant offers its residents, businesses, and visitors a vibrant place to call home.

    Located in the center of Michigan’s lower peninsula, Mt. Pleasant has a rich and diversified history. Since the earliest days, the City’s local government has been recognized throughout the state as an innovative yet sound and stable citizen-based service provider.

    The City's 21,000+ full-time residents have chosen one of the state's most walkable and safest communities where the arts are celebrated, parks are protected, and the entrepreneurial spirit is supported.

    We cultivate a strong business environment by:

    • Providing a variety of locations to fit your business needs – in our historic downtown, commercial corridors or industrial parks.
    • Making significant investments in infrastructure, while remaining one of the more fiscally strong cities of its size in state of Michigan.
    • Offering a variety of local, regional and state programs and incentives to assist with new and expanding business opportunities.
    • Redevelopment Readiness Certification
      • In order to obtain RRC certification by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), the City received a comprehensive assessment that measured current community and economic development practices compared to RRC best practice standards. In 2019, Mt. Pleasant became the 31st Municipality in Michigan to achieve RRC Certification. The program evaluates and certifies communities which integrate transparency, predictability and efficiency into economic development practices. Certification indicates that a community has removed development barriers and streamlined processes to be more competitive and attractive to investors. In Mt. Pleasant, best practices for development, public participation, and communication are our standards.
    • Adoption of Michigan’s first city-wide form-based zoning code in 2017.
      • Form-based zoning is an approach that provides the tools to produce the desired look and feel of development, in an effort to be sensitive to the surrounding context, rather than focusing heavily on allowed uses.
    • Recognition over mutliple consecutive years for our successes and efforts in contributing to Michigan’s entrepreneurial growth and economic development in the annual eCities study conducted by researchers at iLabs, University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Center for Innovation Research.
    • Maintaining a Aa3 General Obligation Bond rating through two leading financial rating agencies: Standard & Poors and Moodys.
    • Administration of the Mt. Pleasant Municipal Airport, categorized as a General Utility Airport with two available runways. 
      • Runway 09-27
        • 5,000 by 100 foot main runway with PAPI and REIL lights on runway 27
        • GPS/ WAAS /VOR-DME approach to runway 27 circle to land runway 09
      • Runway 05-23
        • 2,500 by 160 foot turf cross-wind runway, available for general aviation aircraft (turf not plowed in winter)
    Given its central location in the state, Mt. Pleasant serves as a retail hub for the central Michigan region.  In addition retail, the City is supported by a diversified economy which includes investment and job growth in the following major sectors:
    • Manufacturing:
      • Automotive
      • Agriculture
      • Custom metal fabrication
      • Forestry equipment
      • Food services products
    • Health Care:
      • Central Michigan University School of Medicine
      • Nursing
      • Physical therapy
      • Primary and tertiary care centers
      • Designated as a medically underserved area for physician recruitment
    • Education:
      • Central Michigan University
      • Mid-Michigan College
      • High School technical education
    • Tourism
      • City and County park systems
      • Golf
      • Chippewa River Water Trail
      • Casino gambling
      • Recreation and sporting event programming
      • More information can be found here.

      More information about Central Michigan and Mt. Pleasant can be found here.

Redevelopment Opportunities
  • 200 East Broadway Street


    Isabella Bank, with support of the City of Mt. Pleasant, seeks a development partner for the rehabilitation of a block of traditional mixed use buildings in Downtown Mt. Pleasant. The property owner and the city are eager to work with qualified respondents in negotiating a mutually beneficial arrangement.

    Interested parties are invited to learn more about this opportunity by contacting William R. Mrdeza (contact information listed below). The previous Request for Qualifications, which provides additional details about the property can be accessed below.

    Request for Qualifications

    Contact/Questions:
    William R. Mrdeza, Community Services & Economic Development Director
    Telephone: 989-779-5311
    Email: wmrdeza@mt-pleasant.org

     

    201 South Main Street

    The vacant parcel at 201 S Main Street presents an excellent opportunity for mixed-use redevelopment in the heart of downtown. Left vacant following a structure fire, the parcel is surrounded by the core of Mt. Pleasant’s historic downtown district with Central Michigan University located ten blocks to the south down Main Street.

    The redevelopment scenarios assume commercial use on the ground level with upper floor residential. The scenarios explore the possibility of both traditional and micro-spaces for both the commercial and residential uses, ranging from 550 to 1890 square feet.

    201 South Main Design/Build Scenario

    Contact/Questions:
    Michelle Sponseller, Downtown Development Director
    Telephone: 989-779-5348
    Email: msponseller@mt-pleasant.org

Development Opportunities
  • Click here for a listing of restoration & redevelopment opportunities. Properties are periodically added and removed from this listing based on their availability. The City does not act as a broker for these properties, but can help to connect interested purchasers with the property owner, their designated agent or their broker for more specific information and purposes of negotiation

    Learn more about select restoration and redevelopment opportunities below:

    Additional commercial property listings can be found here, or by contacting the Central Michigan Association of Realtors here.
Economic Assistance and Development Resources
  • The City of Mt. Pleasant partners with a number of local and regional organizations which provide resources related to economic development assistance. Click here for more information about those organizations the City engages with most often that can be of benefit to area businesses.

Incentives
  • The City of Mt. Pleasant also has a number of incentives available for qualified development projects. Click here for a general listing of such incentives, the procedure for applying for them and their applicability.

Resources for Impacts from COVID-19
Utilities and Infrastructure Capabilities
    • Fiber and Wi-Fi
    • With multiple options for your business needs including fiber and wi-fi, you’ll find a variety of connectivity providers to fit your needs.
    • Refuse Collection
    • With multiple options for your business needs on refuse collection, you’ll find a variety of providers to fit your needs.
    • Streets
    • Our Engineering and Street departments are responsible for maintaining 75.52 miles of city streets through capital improvement projects related to the street system, including sidewalks and the sanitary and storm sewer systems associated with the streets. These departments are also responsible for street sweeping, snow removal, sign maintenance, leaf pickup, tree removal and trimming, spring tree planting, brush collection, and the Christmas tree pick-up program.
    • Water
    • The City of Mt. Pleasant utilizes a lime softening conventional treatment facility capable of softening 8.24 million gallons of water per day. This facility reduces hardness (calcium and magnesium) found in source water and provides high quality aesthetically pleasing drinking water for the community. Approximately 697,000,000 gallons were produced in 2019. The distribution system is comprised of elevated storage tanks, ground storage reservoirs, a high service pump station, 93 miles of watermain ranging from 4 inch to 20 inch in diameter, 1,493 watermain valves, 948 hydrants, and 5,560 service line connections. This system provides reliable and abundant water for consumption and firefighting capabilities for the community.
    • Water Resource Recovery Facility
    • The City of Mount Pleasant Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF) is responsible for treating all residential and commercial sanitary sewage generated in the city limits through the collection system which includes 15 lift stations. The WWTP is an advanced secondary plant that utilizes primary sedimentation, bio-towers, rotating biological contactors, final clarification, and chlorination and de-chlorination for the treatment of wastewater and meets stringent state and federal standards before it can be discharged to the Chippewa River.
Workforce and Education
    • A skilled, talented and dedicated workforce is critical to the health and vitality of business.  Mt. Pleasant is one of the most attractive environments for business in the state of Michigan because of the community’s educated workforce and business friendly climate.
    • Mt. Pleasant knows that the quality of its career opportunities come from the quality and access to education and is home to both Central Michigan University and Mid Michigan College.