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Planning and Economic Development

Multiplier effect of major health care system growth

Currently in Macomb County there are two big hospital expansions and a new outpatient campus in the process of being built. What many don’t realize is the effect these new establishments and expansions will have in and around the communities they are based. This effect is described as the “multiplier effect” -- and this Macomb Business blog explains how and why this matters.

Client Spotlight: Textile Fabrication

In this new 'Client Spotlight' feature, we'll highlight local businesses and their important/creative work. We'll also detail how Macomb County Planning and Economic Development has provided assistance along the way. Today's spotlight: Textile Fabrication and Distribution.

How downtown districts can evolve and why

For more than a decade, many of our downtown districts have been looking at ways to expand and draw people in. But this last year, with a global pandemic and shutdown, many retail owners and downtown development authorities had to adapt to new strategies and new normals. Here's how they're making those changes, and what they need to think about moving forward.

How to craft a winning nomination for the Macomb Business Awards

The July 30 nomination deadline for the Macomb Business Awards is approaching quickly! So if you know of or work for a business that fits one of the award categories, we highly recommend submitting them for consideration. Check out this Macomb Business blog for expert tips on crafting a winning nomination.

3 Reasons Why Having an Online Presence is Essential For Local Businesses in 2021

The last 16 months have been tough for local businesses. The shutdown caused many to lose customers, lay off employees, and some, unfortunately, even had to close their doors. Luckily, businesses have reopened and many are seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. However, even as things trend in a positive direction, it is important to not forget the pandemic and to learn from it. There are many valuable lessons, but one of the most important is that having an online presence is essential. Learn why in this Macomb Business guest blog.

Program addresses shortage of personnel in boating industry

Behind every boat and at every marina on Michigan waterways is a marine service technician that keeps our vessels operating correctly. But because of the accelerating growth in the Michigan maritime industry, a technician may not always be readily available. To help address the need for qualified personnel, Macomb Community College developed a fast-track comprehensive marine technician program that focuses on developing critical skill sets. Learn more in this Macomb Business blog.

Macomb County's Blue Economy: Spotlight on Simple Adventures

Ninety five percent of the businesses in Macomb County are defined as a ‘small business’ – one that employs fewer than 50 people. One of the great small business success stories related to Macomb County’s Blue Economy is Simple Adventures, a canoe/kayak rental service that also provides lessons and guided tours.

Macomb County's Blue Economy: H2O Limos

With 32 miles of beautiful Lake St. Clair coastline, Macomb County offers access to great ports of call, rivers to navigate, waterside restaurants to discover, anchorages to drop a hook, fantastic places to swim and amazing places to fish! Many consider Lake St. Clair to be the heart of the Great Lakes and it is certainly one of Macomb County’s greatest natural resources.​​​​​​ Today's Macomb Business blog highlights one of the assets that leverages this resource: H20 Limos.

Demand for industrial space represents opportunity for construction industry

From 5,000-square-feet of research and development space, to 500,000-square-feet for production, industrial space is in demand. Learn how Macomb County's construction and skilled trades sector is keeping up with requests and how their work ensures the well-being of our local economy in today's Macomb Business blog.

Macomb County construction and the housing market: Strong and resilient through the pandemic

As vaccinations rise, cases fall, GDP climbs, unemployment tumbles, and society returns to a little bit of normalcy, it is worth celebrating industry sectors that remained resilient. And one industry that remained strong throughout the pandemic was construction, particularly in the residential home building market. Learn how and why in this Macomb Business blog.

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