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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 be of further assistance to you.


Economic Development Department Contacts
  • Community Services & Economic Development Director
    William R. Mrdeza, Director of Community Services & Economic Development

    Telephone: 989-779-5311


    Building Safety
    Brian Kench, Building Official

    Telephone: 989-779-5301


    Downtown Development and Historic Districts
    Michelle Sponseller, Downtown Development Director

    Telephone: 989-779-5348


    Planning and Community Development
    Jacob Kain, City Planner

    Telephone: 989-779-5346

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 26,000+ 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. 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 practice.
    • Adoption of Michigan’s first 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 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)
Redevelopment Opportunities


    200 East Broadway Street

    Isabella Bank, with support of the City of Mt. Pleasant, seek 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 at a Site Showcase event Friday, October 15th at 11 a.m. in Mt. Pleasant. Contact William R. Mrdeza for more information if you would like to attend this event. Proposals are due November 19, 2021. The complete Request for Qualifications can be accessed below.

    Request for Qualifications


    William R. Mrdeza, Community Services & Economic Development Director

    Telephone: 989-779-5311



    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


    Michelle Sponseller, Downtown Development Director

    Telephone: 989-779-5348


Development Opportunities
  • 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 75.52 miles of city streets through capital improvement projects along maintaining and working to the street system, sidewalks, and the sanitary and storm sewer systems associated with the streets. These departments are also responsible for the 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 8.24 million gallon per day capacity lime softening conventional treatment facility. 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 educating more than 30,000 students.
Economic Development Partnership Contacts
    • The City of Mt. Pleasant’s Economic Development Department (EDD) fosters economic growth and investment in the community through the use of innovative tools and strategic partnerships. Partnerships include:
      • East Michigan Council of Governments (EMCOG)

        EMCOG receives grant funding from the US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) to assist economically distressed communities in the region. Funds from EDA are utilized to provide technical assistance in grant writing for community infrastructure projects, census and employment data, local and regional initiatives such as Regional Prosperity Initiative that will enhance economic and community development and the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).

      • Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance (GLBRA)

        The mission of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance is to encourage, support and celebrate regional collaboration and initiatives that will improve the economic vitality and quality of life in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

      • Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)

        MEDC offers grants and loans to redevelop Michigan’s downtowns and foster historic preservation. By encouraging a compact mixture of uses and walkable urban fabric, we decrease the impact of sprawling development and efficiently utilize infrastructure. This development promotes environmentally and fiscally sustainable environments that attract talent and business and keep our youth here.

      • Middle Michigan Development Corporation (MMDC)

        Since 1981 MMDC works for established businesses and new businesses that benefit from our strong relationships with local municipalities, the State of Michigan and various federal agencies. MMDC also works closely with local municipalities on transformative community development projects that stimulate economic growth.

      • Migizi Economic Development Corporation (Migizi EDC)

        Migizi Economic Development Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. Created to manage the Tribe’s non-gaming businesses the Migizi mission is to provide for the financial security of the next seven generations of Tribal Members. With a diverse portfolio of businesses ranging across nine industries, from hospitality to health care, Migizi Economic Development Company serves the Great Lakes Bay Region and provides employment opportunities for Tribal Members and non-members alike through strategic investment and sustainable growth.

      • Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce

        The Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce’s goal is to continuously improve the business climate and build opportunities for growth. We accomplish this through programs focused on advocacy, economic development, events and direct services to our members.

      • Mt. Pleasant Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB)

        The purpose of MPACVB is the marketing and development of the city and county brand experiences to targeted visitor audiences for economic growth and quality of place. We commit to delivering on-demand visitor information and advisory assistance on the Mt. Pleasant area destination brand experiences.

      • Mt. Pleasant Smartzone (CMURC)

        SmartZones℠ provide distinct geographical locations where technology-based firms, entrepreneurs and researchers locate in close proximity to all of the community assets that assist in their endeavors. SmartZone technology clusters promote resource collaborations between universities, industry, research organizations, government and other community institutions, growing technology-based businesses and jobs. New and emerging businesses in SmartZone technology clusters are primarily focused on commercializing ideas, patents and other opportunities surrounding corporate, university or private research institute R&D efforts.

        As the Mt. Pleasant SmartZone is home to CMURC, the SmartZones are also home to incubation facilities providing a launching space for companies to grow into their own development in the technology park that is on University land.