Boyne City

Community Profile
Community Spotlight on Boyne City
Lakeside Hub of Activity

Boyne City is a charming lakeside community that boasts a high quality of life and lakeside activities. With easy access to a world-class trail system, Lake Charlevoix and Boyne River, and a walkable downtown, it is no wonder that this area is a fast-growing hot spot in the region.

Why Boyne City?

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Boyne City is one of the fastest growing communities in Northwest Michigan, having grown nearly four percent since 2010. Nearly a quarter of the homes are considered seasonal housing, due to the community’s proximity to Lake Michigan and draw as a summer getaway. The local homeownership rate is nearly eighty one percent, likely due to the area’s relative affordability, and the area has a strong presence as a family-based community. Families can take advantage of many public school offerings in the area as part of the Boyne City Public School system. 

The major industry in Boyne City is manufacturing, with many residents employed at the Lexamar Corporation, Precision Edge Surgical Products, and Honeywell. Many people are also employed at the local school system and City offices. 

The area surrounding Boyne City is flush with year round recreational activities. Boyne River and Lake Charlevoix provide robust water activity options. Just ten minutes down the road in Boyne Falls is the Boyne Mountain Resort, which offers downhill and cross country skiing, golfing, hiking, and features the renowned Avalanche Bay Indoor Water Park. For biking and walking, recent public investment created 6.5 miles of trails to connect Boyne City to Boyne Falls, and an additional investment will soon continue the trail northward, connecting Boyne City to Charlevoix. With the majority of the trail completed, this region is well-suited for outdoor activities of all kinds.



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.

Boyne City

Boyne City has a high quality of life with lots of recreation, safe, good schools, and sense of place. The local government works very well together and are favorable towards new development. The Boyne City Growth and Investment Area includes Boyne Valley Township, Boyne City, Evangeline Township, Melrose Township, Wilson Township.

Investment Opportunities

This site is located right in downtown with 135 feet of river frontage. It is within a few blocks to the city marina, boat launch, farmers market, and pavilion and directly across the street from the Old City Park which adds classical beauty to the downtown area. 
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This building is currently being used as a home décor and gift shop with the former apartment above currently being used as an office. There is potential for three separate businesses to occupy this one building and the space is easily expandable to incorporate a second floor living space. The building is in excellent condition and sits on two combined city lots, overlooking the Boyne River. 
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This vacant lot is in a prime location for a mixed-use redevelopment such as ground-floor retail which offers an interactive sidewalk experience to encourage fluid indoor and outdoor activity.
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Population Growth 2010–2018
Percentage of Population in Boyne City Aged 25–64
Schools in Boyne
Morgan-Shaw School, Boyne City High School, Boyne City Elementary School, Boyne City Education Center, Concord Academy Boyne
4-Year Graduation Rate from Boyne City Public Schools
% (#) of Adults in Boyne City with Higher Degree
% (#) of Population 25+ with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher in Boyne City
Housing Units
Homeownership Rate
Seasonal Housing
Median Household Income in Boyne City


Electric Providers: 

Consumers Energy   

Business service: 1-800-805-0490

Region 2 Economic Development Representative

  • Michele Eaton 
  • 989-293-1841

Great Lakes Energy 

Business service: 1-888-485-2537


Natural Gas Provider: 

DTE Energy  

Business service: 1-855-383-4249


Broadband/Fiber Providers:


Business Service: 1-866-463-8862


Business Service: 888-652-3603


Business Service: 1-877-897-1123


Water Provider: 

Boyne City

Contact: (231) 582-6597

Economic Development

Recent Private Investments

Great Lakes Energy Facility Expansion
Size: 18 acres
Capex: $6 million | Jobs retained: 120
Jervis Webb Expansion
Size: 200,000 sq feet
Capex: $20 million | Jobs created: 20 | Jobs retained: 200
Boyne City Surgical Center
Size: 7,500 sq ft
Capex: $2 million | Jobs created: 2 | Jobs retained: 16

Recent Public Works Projects

Open Space Park Infrastructure Updates
Cost: $2.3 million | Type: Park
Infrastructure updates for the park and simultaneous sewer updates through downtown, down the road from the park.
Wastewater Treatment Plant
Cost: Private investment of $2.1 million; Public investment of $400,000 | Type: Water
Boyne City worked with Boyne Mountain on upgrades to a wastewater treatment plant.
Downtown Theater and Parking Lot
Cost: $2.1 million | Type: Recreation
The Boyne City Main Street Program and the City of Boyne City teamed up to purchase the downtown theater and an adjacent parking lot. Restoration is expected to take three to five years to compete and will cost about $2.1 million.
3.9% Growth
Population Change 2010–2018
Boyne City Population Under the Age of 45
Percentage of Non-White Population in Boyne City
% (#) of Population 25+ with an Associate's Degree or higher
Labor Force
Percentage of Jobs in Charlevoix County in Manufacturing
Total Jobs in Charlevoix County
Total Number of Households
Housing Units
Seasonal Housing
Housing Units Built Before 1940
Poverty Rate
Household Income of $15,000–$99,000

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.


Scott McPherson, Boyne City Planning Director
(231) 582-0343

Nate Scramlin, Manager of Redevelopment Services, MEDC
(517) 862-7742

David Emmel, President, Northern Lakes Economic Alliance
(231) 582-6482