Opening the Doors

On Wednesday, September 22, we opened the doors for a very successful Open House at 9 Washington Street! Four Monroe County non-profit organizations are housed under one roof in a historic building owned and operated by First Merchants Bank: Child Care Network, Community Foundation of Monroe County, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), and the Monroe…

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Monroe County Nonprofits Unite Under One Roof

A historic office building in downtown Monroe is becoming a new home to several community, nonprofit organizations. Although we are moved in, we are only in the beginning stages of improvements and ideas to build out this shared office environment. “We are excited to partner together in this space” said Tim Lake, President and CEO…

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Building & Upskilling Monroe County Talent

It is no secret that the coronavirus pandemic has made it more difficult for companies to combat talent shortages. Shortages are evident in highly technical positions in the fields of operations, logistics and manufacturing as well as countless unfilled roles that emphasize communication such as customer service, office administration, and marketing. Fortunately, there are a…

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Guiding Entrepreneurship in Monroe County

Monroe County is a community that was built on the backs of entrepreneurship. Starting and growing businesses is something to be celebrated but it does not come without a fair share of long days/nights logging hours to turn dreams into reality. In Monroe County, we do not want to see residents go elsewhere to start…

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Advancing Manufacturing through Industry 4.0

Increasing awareness of Industry 4.0 in Monroe County remains top of mind at the BDC. There are several programs rolling out this summer that we believe will provide a true tangible benefit for area manufacturers. INDUSTRY 4.0 TECH ASSESSMENTS – Our partners at the MMTC are offering FREE technology/processes assessments to 300 Michigan companies (valued $2500). The goal of these…

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Protect Our Manufacturing Base

In cooperation with local municipalities, our county commissioners and a group of dedicated volunteers, the Monroe County Link Plan has been working to create an environment for economic growth. A main pillar of that activity is identifying and preparing sites for development. One such site identified is the LaPlaisance Road Corridor. Through two different studies…

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Tour Conducted of New Distribution Center Construction Site in Frenchtown

Reprinted from The Monroe News Published May 6, 2021 by Dean Cousino   Monroe County commissioners and Frenchtown Township Board members were among a group of local officials who toured the immense new InSite Real Estate Investment distribution center under construction at the former Nike Missile Base site last week. The officials visited the warehouse…

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Fourth Industrial Revolution Will Shape Market

Reprinted from today’s Monroe News USA TODAY NETWORK Written by:  Tyler Eagle   The dawn of another industrial revolution will change how businesses and manufacturing enterprises operate.   And business leaders say there are steps area businesses can take to better prepare for those shifting trends.   The Monroe County Business Development Corporation sponsored a…

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Industry 4.0: Changing the Way We Manufacture

What exactly is Industry 4.0? How does it apply to my business? In Late 2020 when the BDC staff met to go over our goals for 2021, increasing the overall awareness of Industry 4.0 was one of them. Why? In short, Industry 4.0 is the main buzz word to describe the 4th Industrial Revolution which we…

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MI Cornerstone Thoughts – Laying the Foundation for Economic Development

Op-Ed Title: “The Value of ‘Energy-Intensive, Trade-Exposed’ Companies” By: Matt Vanisacker Published in Monroe News April 5, 2021 It is hard to imagine a time without electricity. We interact with electricity in nearly every facet of life and no doubt would be lost without it. Think about the number of ways that you interact with…

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