Greater Cadillac area
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The greater Cadillac Area (Wexford and Missaukee Counties) is a 4-season wonderland with thriving local, domestic and international businesses, best-in-class healthcare, high-quality education and training opportunities and a quality of life that’s hard to beat.
Greater Cadillac Area
Quality of Life
The Greater Cadillac area is home to so much of what is special about Michigan’s great “up north” – complete with 64 lakes, 24, rivers, a blue ribbon trout stream, 200 miles of trails, 34 downhill ski runs, and 500+ acres of public land including national and state forests Cadillac, the area’s population center and has a long history rooted in innovation and manufacturing. Today, Cadillac is home to a vibrant downtown with shopping, dining, and a variety of recreational opportunities associated with its two adjoining lakes. Cadillac is also home to the award-winning Munson Community Hospital, and Baker College, as well as three thriving industrial parks. The City of Cadillac is immediately surrounded by numerous townships with a variety of shopping, health, service and housing amenities. Throughout Wexford & Missaukee Counties you’ll find numerous small towns and villages, each with its own unique community traditions and festivals. From the Mesick Mushroom Festival, to Lake City’s Festival of the Pines, Cadillac’s Art Festival to Manton’s Harvest Festival to the Hoxeyville Music Festival – there’s something for everyone.
Home to Northwest Michigan’s largest concentration of workers in the manufacturing and agriculture/forestry industries, coupled with a thriving outdoor/recreational tourism industry, the Greater Cadillac area is a great place to do business.
30% of the Greater Cadillac Area’s workforce is in Manufacturing – that’s 25% of Northwest Michigan manufacturing workforce clustered in a 2-county area. This, along with three industrial parks spanning nearly 450 acres, competitive incentive programs, and property available to develop, makes the Greater Cadillac Area an attractive place to start or expand your manufacturing business.
The Greater Cadillac Area has an industrial base that includes:
• Marine Watercraft • Automotive Products • Rubber Products • Defense Industry Products • Packaging / Containers • Cleaning Systems • Steam Production • Metal Fabrication / Castings • Water-Well Equipment and more
Agriculture and Forestry
The Greater Cadillac Area is home to 49% of the Region’s agriculture and forestry industry’s workforce – and nearly 154,000 acres of farmland. Nearly 75% of that farmland is in Missaukee County, where the farming tradition runs deep. The talent and land, coupled with our area’s climate, makes raising crops (including grains, vegetables, and Christmas trees) and livestock (including dairy, poultry, and associated products) makes agriculture and forestry a 165+million dollar industry in our area with expanding adjacent industries that support local food movement.
Outdoor Recreation and Tourism
The Great Outdoors enhances the quality of life not only for the area’s residents – but also for visitors from all over the state, country, and globe. There’s something for every outdoor enthusiast – hiking, biking, boating, fishing, hunting, orv-ing, skiing, snowmobiling, and sunrise/sunset watching – it’s an area that embraces ‘ALL WAYS Exploring’. This, coupled with dining featuring local food and craft beverages and a variety of lodging options including hotels, resorts, campgrounds, and short-term rentals makes the Greater Cadillac Area a recreational tourist destination – and a great place to launch a small business meeting their needs!
The Greater Cadillac Area sits at a crossroads of state and interstate highways, has active freight rail, a municipal airport, and transit authority committed to expanding multi-modal transportation in the area including passenger rail.