Mancelona

Community Profile
Spotlight on Mancelona
A Crossroads Community

Mancelona is centrally located, in the midst of everything wonderful that Northwest Michigan has to offer. Directly in between Traverse City and Petoskey, it offers the beauty of the great outdoors and quick access to larger cities. It has year round recreational activities: the prevalence of the special morel mushrooms draws crowds every spring for mushroom gathering, the lakes and rivers offer beach activities and fishing every summer, and the hunting and skiing draws winter tourists.

Why Mancelona?

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Mancelona has a population of a little over four thousand people, trending slightly younger than the surrounding Antrim County. More than a quarter of the housing is characterized as seasonal due to the proximity to many tourist attractions and outdoor activities. Mancelona is blessed to have some of the most scenic overlooks in all of northwest Michigan. Centrally located, it offers four seasons of outdoor activities with close proximity to the urban centers of Petoskey and Traverse City. The community is best known for three major annual events:  White Pine Stampede—a cross country skiing event in February—the Mancelona Bass Festival in June, and a hunting competition, the Buck Pole, in November. *Evaluating Redevelopment Ready status.

Home values are lower in Mancelona than surrounding Antrim County ($80,100 compared to $157,600).  The lower home costs are a significant advantage to Mancelona, as they offer a competitive rate while being in close proximity to major hot spots in the region. 

14% of the people living in Mancelona work in the Township, with others traveling to nearby locations. In Antrim County, the dominant industries are Manufacturing (20% of jobs), tourism-focused industries such as Accommodation or Food Service (18% of jobs), and Retail trade (11%). Highland Tank & Manufacturing Co. and Lanzen Fabricating North are two of the manufacturing employers in town. 

Surrounding Mancelona is easy access to the outdoors. The secluded Wetzel Lake is only a few minutes outside of downtown, and idyllic Lake Michigan beaches are directly to the west. The historic 75 acre Mount Mancelona offers the highest viewpoint off of US-131 and breathtaking skiing trails to accommodate any tourist. The 18 hole Lakes of the North Golf Course stretches across 7,000 yards, and the Club hosts activities and community gatherings for the entire family to enjoy. 

 

 


 
The Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA): Serving Antrim County & Charlevoix County
The Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA), established in 1984, is a public/private non-profit organization serving Antrim, Charlevoix, and Cheboygan Counties in Northern Michigan. The NLEA works directly with local units of government on infrastructure projects, facilitates local company growth and expansion, and assists many local companies on a wide range of issues that help retain existing jobs and create new jobs.
 

Investment Opportunities

This empty lot is located on the southwest corner of US 131 and Scholl Road. The property available for sale is anywhere from 5-26 acres. Given the flat grade and location, it would be an ideal site for apartments, equipment sales, storage facility or a hotel with a restaurant.
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This is an undeveloped 54 acre Business Park. By adding additional adjoining parcels (100+ acres available) there would be rail access. This Business Park is close to downtown Mancelona.
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A vacant industrial parcel, 3-13 acres available for purchase, located at 310 Palmer Park Road, right in the Village of Mancelona. It is across the street from a few restaurants and commercial businesses, and adjacent to Palmer Park.
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Population
4,326
Population
-2.6%
Population Change in Mancelona Area Since 2010
-3.3%
Population Change in Antrim County from 2010–2018
59%
Percentage of Mancelona Area Population Under the Age of 45
4.7%
Percentage of the Population That is Non-White
Housing
2,470
Housing Units
1,613
Households
83.4%
Homeownership Rate
25.6%
Seasonal Housing
$754
Median Monthly Rent
$80,100
Median Home Value in Mancelona
Education
Schools in Mancelona
Mancelona Elementary School, Mancelona Middle School, Mancelona High School
79.4%
4-Year Graduation Rate at Mancelona Public Schools
17%
% (#) of Adults in Mancelona region with a Higher Degree
37%
% (#) of Adults in Antrim County with an Associate's Degree or Higher
Employment
1,939
Labor Force
14.2%
Percentage of All Workers who Live & Work in Mancelona
20%
Percentage of Jobs in Antrim County in the Manufacturing Industry
5,392
Total Jobs in Antrim County
Income
$39,267
Median Household Income in Mancelona
20%
Poverty Rate
36%
Percentage of Households With Income Over $50,000 in Mancelona

Infrastructure

Electric Provider:  

Great Lakes Energy
Business service: 1-888-485-2537
glenergy@glenergy.com


Northern Power Electric Service
Business service: 231-587-0056
 

Natural Gas Provider:

DTE Energy
Business service: 1-855-383-4249

 

Broadband/Fiber Providers:

Spectrum
1-855-670-1454
 

Viasat
Business Service: 1-866-463-8862

 

HughesNet
Business Service: 888-652-3603

 

AT&T
Business Service: 1-877-219-3898

 

Water Provider: 

 

Mancelona Area Water and Sewer
231-587-0744

 

Economic Development

Recent Private Investments

Mancelona Solar Farm
Cost: $4,000,000 | Jobs Created: N/A—to be started in 2021 | Size: 6 acres
Jobs Created: N/A—to be started in 2021 | Size: 6 acres
Workforce Housing Project
Capex: $1,000,000
Jobs Created: N/A—to be started in 2021 | Size: 40 acres to create 20 total units

Recent Public Works Projects

Mancelona Sewer and Water Upgrades
Type: Sewer | Cost: $20,000,000
Major investment for this community's growth to upgrade city-wide sewer lines completed within the last decade.
Sidewalk Upgrades
Type: Streetscape | Cost: $56,000 from DDA, $15-20,000 from Township
In 2019 the Village and Township completed sidewalks upgrades on the northern portion of Route-131 all the way to M-66. This was jointly funded by the DDA and Township.
Streetscape Improvements
Type: Streetscape | Cost: $100,000
The DDA and Village partnered on a streetscape improvement on Route 131 by the village stoplight (2015).
Safe Routes
Type: Road | Cost: $400,000
A federal grant in 2018 provided the opportunity to enhance Safe Routes to School for the village.

Community Resources

Featured Talent Development Resource

The Manufacturing Technology program at NMC is designed to provide a multi-disciplined technical background in manufacturing fields for which NMC does not offer a specific program. For instance, students interested in pursuing careers in Advanced Manufacturing or Welding may enroll in the Manufacturing Technology program and design a model schedule that emphasizes their major area of interest. The program has the flexibility to match the student’s interest with the skills necessary for job entry. Students, with assistance from an advisor, will select a major area of technical emphasis. These technical courses plus supporting courses from other disciplines comprise the Manufacturing Technology degree requirements.

Economic Development Resource Map

This map shows some of the many organizations in this county providing economic development related services, such as workforce training, development finance, or technical advising for businesses. Use the dropdown in the upper left hand corner to filter by People, Investment, and Place.

  • “People” covers organizations that focus on early childhood care, workforce training, equity and diversity, and talent recruitment and retention.
  • “Investment” includes organizations that focus on industry cluster support, small business investment and technical assistance, innovation and technology development, and real estate and commercial development.
  • “Place”-focused organizations include tourism, arts and culture, and recreation organizations, planning and development entities, infrastructure and utility providers, and housing organizations.

Economic Development Ecosystem Map

This map shows some of the many organizations in this county providing economic development related services, such as workforce training, development finance, or technical advising for businesses. Use the dropdown in the upper left hand corner to filter by People, Investment, and Place. 

“People” covers organizations that focus on early childhood care, workforce training, equity and diversity, and talent recruitment and retention.

“Investment” includes organizations that focus on industry cluster support, small business investment and technical assistance, innovation and technology development, and real estate and commercial development.

“Place”-focused organizations include tourism, arts and culture, and recreation organizations, planning and development entities, infrastructure and utility providers, and housing organizations.

Contact

Mike Allison
Village President, Village of Mancelona
clerk@villageofmancelona.org
231-587-8331

 

Maureen Naumcheff
Planning and Zoning Administrator, Village of Mancelona

clerk@villageofmancelona.org
231-587-8331

 

David Emmel
President, Northern Lakes Economic Alliance
david@northernlakes.net
231-582-6482