Charlevoix City Area is in the northwest corner of Charlevoix County, bridging the connection between Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan. The city area includes Charlevoix Township, Charlevoix City, Hayes Township, Marion Township, and Norwood Township.
The Charlevoix City area is a bustling community of over 8,000 residents, including a sizable number of retirees that the area home. For younger individuals and families, the Charlevoix City area offers all of the same amenities as nearby Traverse City but with a slower-paced lifestyle. Home ownership is high at 76%, and much of the area’s housing is seasonal, because of its strong tourism and hospitality culture that roots back to the Victorian era. Close to a majority of the area’s housing units were built in the past 40 years. *Evaluating Redevelopment Ready Community status.
The community is highly educated, and approximately a third of the workers that are living in the Charlevoix City area also work there. The majority of jobs in Charlevoix County are concentrated in Manufacturing, Accommodation & Food Services, Health Care and Social Assistance, Retail Trade, and Construction. Major employers include Charlevoix Hospital, the St. Mary Cement Plant, and the many hotels and restaurants in the city. A quarter of jobs are in the manufacturing industry, and the manufacturing presence in the city area is strong, with a number of manufacturers and an industrial park nearby, and a cement producer that takes advantage of the waterfront shipping options.
The Charlevoix City area offers a fantastic mix of recreational, cultural, and community opportunities. Live music and festivals take place at the Pavilion in East Park. History and art lovers enjoy surveying the architectural delights of the Mushroom Houses, designed by iconic designer Earl Young. Charlevoix City sits at the nexus of three lakes, and water activities abound with boating, swimming, fishing, and mixed touring available to all visitors.
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.
- David Emmel, President—(231) 582-6482
Recent Private Investments
Planned Public Works Projects
City of Charlevoix Electric System
Charlevoix Township Water
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Featured Talent Resource
North Central Michigan College serves northern Michigan, including Petoskey, Charlevoix, Harbor Springs, Boyne City, Cheboygan & Gaylord areas. NCMC offers CAM and CNC courses to students interested in building their careers in the high-demand manufacturing industries—and learning cutting edge technology skills required in modern manufacturing, like computer-aided manufacturing and automated control of machining tools.
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.