Frankfort has a well-educated workforce, with over half of the residents having earned a higher degree. Due to the draw of the region, as a vacation and recreational hub, the population trends older than the rest of the surrounding Benzie County. This represents opportunities for aging-in-place infrastructure and developments.
Of those who live in the area of Frankfort and Elberta, nearly a third also work there. As a tourist destination, the major industries are tourism-related, such as Accomodation and Food Services. There are seven resort/hotel accommodations in the downtown area alone, including the iconic Harbor Lights Resort. The Hospital and other healthcare services are also a main source of employment, as would be explained by the aging population.
As a port town, many of the community activities are sea-side focused. However, the community hosts a number of events year round to appeal to any traveler and when the boating season slows. Arts and craft fairs, holiday parades, and the recently purchased Garden Theater keep residents entertained when the concerts, sunbathing, and shoreline activities are over after the humming summer months.
The natural assets of this region speak for themselves. Looking ahead, there is a local focus on increasing livability for all community members; more housing options, better walkability, and expanding healthcare supports are the primary goals for leadership.
The value of investment opportunities in the Frankfort and Elberta Community Investment Area speak for themselves, as the development along its shores has continued to pick up momentum in recent years. Direct access to waterfront, trails, and shipping options, this makes property in this area a hot commodity. This is a prime location for housing investments to support the year-round population. The area includes Blaine township, Frankfort City, Crystal Lake Township, Gilmore Township, Lake Township, and the Village of Elberta.
Traverse Connect is the lead economic development organization for the Grand Traverse region, which supports area businesses through a combination of business attraction and retention strategies, talent development efforts, and strategic coordination among partner agencies. Traverse Connect now serves the region as one organization supporting business growth and development, alongside partner organization Venture North Funding and Development.
- Warren Call, President | CEO—(231) 995-7108
Oliver Art Center
The purpose of the Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts is to maintain an educational program and facility for the advancement of the arts.
Frankfort Rotary Club
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders who dedicate their time and talent to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges.
- Periwinkle Garden Club of Frankfort
The Periwinkle Garden Club of Frankfort was organized in 1972 to encourage interest in all phases of gardening, flower arranging and allied arts and to promote better horticultural practices, civic beauty, conservation of natural resources and the preservation of our environment.
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.
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