After $1B invested in St. Clair County in 2019, officials aim to grow

February 13, 2020

Source: Bryce Airgood
Department: Times Herald

Over $1 billion was invested in St. Clair County in 2019, and county officials are working to keep that momentum going.

The Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County held a luncheon this week with stakeholders, economic partners, community leaders and keynote speaker Amanda McClanahan, Michigan Economic Development Corporation's chief operating officer.

The region's economic success for 2019 was celebrated, but EDA leaders and McClanahan also talked about how the county and state will continue working to grow in the future.

Donna Russell-Kuhr, former EDA president, said she was happy to report that the area overachieved for the past five years during the 2015 to 2019 strategic plan.

There were two really big accomplishments in 2019, one of which was the county population grew for the first time since 2005.

"That was not supposed to happen," Russell-Kuhr said. "But it was an indicator that we were doing something correctly in St. Clair County."

Second, the area led Michigan in the net migration of bringing college graduates back to their hometown on a per capita basis, Russell-Kuhr said.

"Which was a huge win, getting that talent back in our area," she said.

In 2019, the local economy benefited from 526 news jobs, 282 housing starts and investments of more than $1 billion, according to the EDA website.

According to EDA promotional materials, some of the investments include the following projects:

  • The St. Clair Inn partly opening, which was more than $35 million in renovations
  • St. Clair County Community College opening its health sciences building, which was a $9.8 million investment
  • Port Huron Schools working toward the conclusion of its $105.9 million overall bond project, with over $37 million invested in the 2018 to 2019 school year.

The EDA website states that during the EDA's five-year strategic plan for 2014 to 2019, nearly 3,000 jobs were created.

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