Economic Development in Manistee

Diverse Opportunities

The combination of a diverse mix of economic opportunities and the lifestyle quality provided by a coastal community setting, Manistee County is catching the attention of developers in manufacturing, technology, medical and tourism-based businesses of all sizes. The qualities that make Manistee County a perfect place to live, contribute to its appeal as a place to work or start a business. Employers recognize that the quality lifestyle of Manistee County gives them a competitive advance in attracting and retaining employees.

All Manistee County stakeholders from the Chamber of Commerce to City Government and the Alliance for Economic Success provide accessible resources and support and grow the business community. They guide potential investors through obtaining the information needed to navigate the development process. The County hosts industrial parks where infrastructure is available and tax structures are favorable, real estate is ready for occupancy and priced attractively, and economic development policies and strategies are in place that promote, support and foster creative economic development initiatives.

Let CENTURY 21 Boardwalk introduce you to the real estate opportunities of our region and connect you with the people that can support you in bringing your business vision to reality.

Blue Economy

Blue Economy is a term used to describe the respectful utilization of natural resources to boost economic development. In Michigan, Blue Economy opportunities are abundant in our natural water assets, emerging water education research centers and technology-based businesses provide jobs and economic development benefits. This movement sustains over 600,000 jobs and $49 billion in annual wages linked to water-dependent farming, manufacturing, mining and energy production.

Manistee County is ripe for opportunities of the Blue Economy. There are waterways in almost every community in the County, which has created water-based amenities and associated employment opportunities. These jobs include, but are not limited to boating, coastal recreation, transportation of goods, and fisheries.

Featured Development

The Mezzanine and Barn at Iron Fish, Iron Fish Distillery, Thompsonville – Opened Summer 2017. This “soil to spirit” distillery and tasting room on a 119-acre working farm has meeting spaces perfect for everything from small groups to wedding parties. A mezzanine area overlooking the distillery offers an intimate event experience for groups of up to 40 people. Adjacent to the tasting room is a historic 1920s-era barn available for rent for events, parties and weddings with up to 100 people. A renovated three-bedroom, two-bath farmhouse (sleeps six) located on the property and is available to rent to guests during events.

Want to Learn More?

Connect with regional resources to learn about the development opportunities available in Manistee County. Information is available on our Local Resources page.