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Economic Data

The Traverse Bay Economic Development Corporation is your central point of contact for obtaining economic data indicators, census, and market research for the region.

Kathy Bussell

202 E. Grandview Parkway
Traverse City, MI 49684

Phone: (231) 995-7115
FAX: (231) 946-2565

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Top Employers List

Benzie County – Top 10 –

  1. Crystal Mountain 319
  2. Graceland Fruit, Inc. 210
  3. Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital 129
  4. Smeltzer Orchard Co. 120
  5. Benzie County Government 115
  6. The Maples 109
  7. Honor Bank 83
  8. Continental Industries 77
  9. Crystal Lake Health Center 40
  10. BioTec Agronomics 35

Grand Traverse County – Top 25 –

  1. Munson Medical Center 3740
  2. Traverse City Area Public Schools 1984
  3. Grand Traverse Resort & Casino 943
  4. Northwestern Michigan College 700
  5. Traverse Bay Intermediate School District 618
  6. Grand Traverse County Government 530
  7. Sara Lee Bakery 500
  8. Grand Traverse Pavilions 470
  9. Hagerty 450
  10. Interlochen Center for the Arts 350
  11. Great Wolf Lodge 320
  12. Team Elmers 294
  13. Northwestern Bank 260
  14. Bill Marsh Automotive Group 200
  15. City of Traverse City 193
  16. Britten Banners, Inc. 182
  17. Meijer 168
  18. Coldwell Banker Schmidt 158
  19. Cone-Drive Operations, Inc 158
  20. Traverse City Record-Eagle 141
  21. Skilled Manufacturing, Inc. 133
  22. Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools 125
  23. Grand Traverse Industries 125
  24. Park Place Hotel 125
  25. Northwest Michigan Surgery Center 123

Kalkaska County – Top 10 –

  1. Kalkaska Memorial Health Center 250
  2. Kalkaska County Government 185
  3. American Waste 180
  4. Wayne Wire Cloth Products 106
  5. Team Services, LLC 100
  6. Coding Products 76
  7. Arrow Energy Services, Inc. 55
  8. Flannery Machine and Tool, Inc. 35
  9. Mike’s Steamer Service, Inc. 30
  10. Kalkaska Screw Products, Inc. 23

Leelanau County – Top 10 –

  1. Leelanau Sands (Grand Traverse Resort & Casinos) 531
  2. Leelanau County Government 105
  3. Cherry Republic 60
  4. Easling Construction 54
  5. Leelanau Fruit Company 50
  6. The Homestead 42
  7. Oneupweb 42
  8. Leelanau Wine Cellars 40
  9. Paul Mauer General Contractor 35
  10. Global Marine Insurance Agency 35

Traverse City – Top 20 –

  1. Munson Medical Center 3740
  2. Traverse City Area Public Schools 1984
  3. Northwestern Michigan College 700
  4. Grand Traverse Pavilions 470
  5. Hagerty 450
  6. Northwestern Bank 215
  7. Bill Marsh Automotive 200
  8. City of Traverse City 193
  9. Meijer 168
  10. Coldwell Banker Schmidt 158
  11. Cone-Drive Operations, Inc 158
  12. Traverse City Record-Eagle 141
  13. Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools 125
  14. Grand Traverse Industries 125
  15. Park Place Hotel 125
  16. Century, Inc 118
  17. AlcoTec Wire Corporation 116
  18. Consumers Energy 94
  19. Northern Lakes Community Mental Health 87
  20. Clark Manufacturing 80

Downtown Traverse City – Top 20 -

  1. Hagerty 450
  2. City of Traverse City 193
  3. Coldwell Banker Schmidt 158
  4. Traverse City Record-Eagle 141
  5. Park Place Hotel 125
  6. Northwestern Bank 90
  7. Northern Lakes Community Mental Health 87
  8. Traverse City State Bank 55
  9. Fifth Third Bank 54
  10. Gourdie Fraser 50
  11. Plante & Moran 46
  12. Holiday Inn 42
  13. Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge 41
  14. Rehmann, LLC 37
  15. Red Ginger 36
  16. Financial & Investment Management Group, Ltd (FIM Group) 29
  17. Chase Bank 24
  18. Bayshore Resort 23
  19. Salamander Technologies 22
  20. Smith & Johnson 22

Last Updated March 1, 2011 | Current numbers may vary slightly. Suggestions, comments or for more information please contact Liz McKellar at liz@tcchamber.org.

The 2012 Economic Forecast

For detailed view of the economic conditions of the region, view the 2012 Market Snapshot.

County Profile Information

The County Profiles provides a county-level view of selected economic indicators that can assist the long-time resident as well as a prospective business.  Simply refer to the counties listed below for more information.

Benzie County

One of Michigan’s fastest-growing counties, Benzie County’s natural beauty and numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation are strong influences in attracting businesses and people. The County’s 57 lakes and miles of scenic rivers provide individuals with access to canoeing, boating, and charter fishing. There are eight challenging golf courses, numerous biking and hiking trails, 135 miles of groomed snowmobile trails, and breathtaking fall color.

Why do business here?

Key Employers

Festivals and Cultural Highlights

For more information or a complete listing of events in Benzie County, please contact the Benzie County Chamber of Commerce at (231) 882-5801 or visit www.benzie.org.

City of Traverse City

Traverse City is the economic and retail center of northwest Michigan. This growing, diverse community is situated on beautiful Grand Traverse Bay. The strong and growing local economy is driven by manufacturing, professional and financial services, retail, tourism, a leading hospital, medical facilities, Northwestern Michigan College and more. Traverse City’s historic downtown shopping district offers more than 150 unique boutiques, galleries, restaurants and pubs. http://www.ci.traverse-city.mi.us/

Why do business here?

Cherry Capital Airport

Up to 15 daily flights to Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis, Cincinnati, Atlanta and other seasonal destinations
One plane change away from anywhere in the world
Air shipping via Federal Express and UPS

Key Employers

Festivals and Cultural Highlights

Grand Traverse County

Grand Traverse County is the economic and retail center of northwest Michigan. This growing, diverse community is situated on beautiful Grand Traverse Bay. The strong and growing local economy is driven by manufacturing, professional and financial services, retail, tourism, a leading hospital, medical facilities, Northwestern Michigan College and more. Also, within Grand Traverse County is the City of Traverse City.  Traverse City’s historic downtown shopping district offers more than 150 unique boutiques, galleries, restaurants and pubs.

http://www.co.grand-traverse.mi.us/

Traverse City

Grand Traverse County

Why do business here?

Key Employers

Festivals and Cultural Highlights

Kalkaska County

Kalkaska County has an abundance of natural recreation opportunities and a small, yet strong manufacturing sector. State forest land constitutes a majority of the area. Half the county is owned by the state; 225 miles of rivers, over 75 lakes and 80 miles of snowmobile trails, you can fish, swim, canoe, walk, ride, and enjoy a myriad of activities in the midst of nature. Employers choose Kalkaska because of its proximity to Traverse City, U.S. 131 and the I-75 corridor, as well as the natural beauty, affordable real estate, and strong workforce.

Why do business here?

Key Employers

Festivals and Cultural Highlights

For more information please visit http://tcchamber.org/kalkaska-edc/

Leelanau County

Leelanau County boasts 151 miles of shoreline, the most of any county in Michigan. Its lakes and miles of scenic rivers provide the county with access to canoeing, boating, and charter fishing. Leelanau County is also home to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and the miles of unspoiled bluffs known as the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes.

Why do business here?

Key Employers

Festivals and Cultural Highlights

For more information or a complete listing of events in Leelanau County, please contact the Leelanau Peninsula Chamber of Commerce at (231) 271-9895 or visit www.leelanauchamber.com.