Commercial and industrial sites are located along highway corridors, especially near the Village. Traverse City is located about 20 miles west of Kalkaska County and the Village of Fife Lake is situated nearly adjacent to the southwest corner of Kalkaska County. Surrounding counties include: Grand Traverse County to the west, Crawford County to the east, Antrim County directly north and Missaukee County to the south.
The Village of Kalkaska relies heavily on its industrial base for employment and economic stability. There are about 157 acres of industrial development in Kalkaska, most of which is found within or near an industrial park along Dresden Street at the east end of town. The Kalkaska Enterprise Industrial Park, as it is known, is a 55 acre site containing a variety of light industrial, trucking and service uses. Additionally, there are four other separate pockets of industrial areas, all located east of the Penn Central Railroad. Although many of these industrial sites are located adjacent to the railroad, its use of the railroad for distribution of materials is minimal.
Jobs and Wages
Healthcare and Social Assistance is driving economic and employment growth in the area. Of the 4,300 jobs in Kalkaska County, 15% are in the HealthCare industry. Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation, along with Construction, and Manufacturing, make up 34% of all jobs in the County.
Labor force is 2,399 workers, with 29.7% of those who live within the County also working here. Median earnings is about $34,964.
Current Industry Drivers
Located amidst a wealth of valuable natural resources—including oil, gas, timber, and agriculture—with ready access to sewer, water, broadband, natural gas, industrial property, multi-modal transportation pathways, the County is strategically positioned for growth. Majority of the urban and commercial growth is found in the Village of Kalkaska, Kalkaska Township. This area is considered a major retail hub, drawing shoppers and visitors from surrounding communities; and its central location and industrial assets represent important opportunities for Kalkaska to develop a logistics or supply chain niche. Manufacturing has been rebounding in Michigan since the Great Depression and has become an economic foundation of the community. There are nearly 25,819 acres of agriculture production in Kalkaska. The top three areas of agriculture production by volume of sales include vegetables such as melons, potatoes, and sweet potatoes; crops and hay; and grains, oilseeds, dry beans, and dry peas.