I-69 International Trade Corridor

Our region is a strategic commercial gateway between the Midwestern United States and Ontario, Canada. Our four-county region offers unbeatable multi-modal transportation infrastructure with a wide range of distribution options.

I-69 International Trade Corridor Advantages

  • Industry Clusters in Automotive, Defense, Medical Device, Green Technology, and more
  • Available Skilled Workforce
  • Supportive and Engaged Education Providers
  • Access to Critical Markets in Canada and Midwestern United States
  • Two Foreign Trade Zones Available
  • Low-cost, Incentivized Locations

What Regions Are Participating?

What are the Benefits of Working With the I-69 ITC?

  • Economic development focus
  • Leveraging MEDC support and funding
  • High-priority projects including marketing, business services, incentives
  • Critical assistance from Prima Civitas

Corridor Assets

Whether you need to export products around the world, manufacture products for domestic distribution or receive materials to make your business successful, it can all happen here in Michigan’s Blue Water Gateway.

The region shares a common corridor along Interstate-69 and serves as a strategic commercial gateway between the Midwestern United States and Canada border.

The corridor’s multi-modal transportation infrastructure offers a wide range of distribution options:

Michigan has reinvented the incentive process.

The MEDC has implemented programs that are providing immediate benefit; instead of offering tax credits that focus more on providing future savings. When these programs are partnered with the low 6% Corporate Income Tax and the proposed elimination of the Personal Property Tax, Michigan offers one of the best pro-business environments in the country.

Each year, $170 million is available in incentives and assistance. Plus, $100 million is available in loans to small and midsize businesses.

Visit http://www.michiganbusiness.org/grow/incentives-taxes/#incentives for more information on Michigan’s Incentives programs.

You can also download Pure MI’s Pure Michigan Incentives:

The Corridor is home to a Next Michigan Development Corporation(NMDC), a state designation from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The NMDC offers economic incentives to businesses that qualify by showing that they utilize two or more forms of transportation to move their products. Qualifying businesses in the corridor can apply for Next Michigan real and personal property tax abatements and tax-free Renaissance Zones.

Additionally, the four county-wide economic development partners can assist companies not eligible for Next Michigan with other incentives,
financing, workforce hiring and training, site selection, lean implementation, and marketing including government procurement.

The largest in the state of Michigan, the I-69 International Trade Corridor Next Michigan Development Corporation (NMDC) represents a significant regional partnership and offers economic incentives to existing and new businesses that utilize two or more forms of transportation to move their products and are located within the territory of the NMDC. Qualifying businesses can benefit from state and local incentives, including real and personal property tax abatements. In certain locations, businesses may receive approval for tax-free Renaissance Zones. The I-69 International Trade Corridor Next Michigan Development Corporation is comprised of four county governments and 31 local municipalities.


What are the benefits of an NMDC designation?

The primary benefit from the NMDC is the creation of a required platform for municipal collaboration, focused on jobs and investment. Other benefits include regional marketing and access to incentives to support growing businesses.

Municipal Partners

St. Clair County
City of Marysville
City of Port Huron
City of St. Clair
Kimball Township
St. Clair County Board of Commissioners

Lapeer County
Attica Township
City of Imlay City
City of Lapeer
Lapeer Township
Village of North Branch
Village of Almont
Lapeer County Board of Commissioners

Genesee County
City of Burton
City of Fenton
City of Flint
City of Grand Blanc
Davison Township
Flint Township
Grand Blanc Township
Mt. Morris Township
Mundy Township
Genesee County Board of Commissioners

Shiawassee County
City of Corunna
City of Durand
City of Owosso
City of Perry
Owosso Charter Township
Perry Township
Vernon Township
Village of Bancroft
Village of Lennon
Village of Morrice
Village of Vernon
Shiawassee County Board of Commissioners

What is an aerotropolis or Next Michigan Development Corporation (NMDC)?

It is a designated area authorized under MI PA of 2010. This initiative allows regions near transportation hubs such as airports, rail lines and highways to utilize tax incentives to support business growth, particularly those that are multi-modal.

Is there a cost for the municipalities that sign on to the Initiative?

Communities that agree to join the NMDC pay an annual fee that is established by the NMDC Board and the local partners.

Who governs and administers the NMDC?

The NMDC is governed by a board consisting of members from the participating governments; one member from each governmental unit. Officers serve at the pleasure of the Board. Activities of the NMDC may be conducted by contract, employed and/or in-kind administrative and marketing staff.