Quality of Life
Marinette, WI., and Menominee, MI. share a state river boundary and are united as a regional economy. Home to numerous large international companies, our community has many transportation assets that facilitate commerce both regionally and overseas.
What we've got to offer
Our deep water harbor provides access to the Upper Midwest and central portions of the U.S. by means international shipping and transportation companies, creating unique opportunities for both local and regional industry and commerce.A regional airport supports jet service and is regularly used by both corporate and government flights. U.S. Highway 41 provides four-lane commercial and personal travel access to larger cities to the south and more remote forests to the north.The community has a varied and diversified industrial base, with a higher level of skilled and technical manufacturing than found in most areas. Skilled workforce and professional employment opportunities are strengthened through strong post-secondary educational resources provided at both the University of Wisconsin-Marinette and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College campuses.Our regional medical center was recently ranked as one of the top 100 in the nation, and includes a cancer center and advanced medical technologies. There are numerous physician specialties, clinics and facilities that provide high level care for citizens throughout the region.Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, our coastal community offers a small-town atmosphere combined with cultural amenities and attractions. Our community is surrounded by an abundance of water, beaches, parks and woodland that provide ample recreational opportunities. Public libraries in both cities are adjacent to water, community parks with playground facilities, picnic areas and band shells.Attractions include fine dining overlooking the water, vibrant local arts and crafts, numerous festivals and events that draw thousands of people our community. In the summer months free concerts are held in three waterfront parks. Sailboat races are held weekly. We are one of the top walleye and smallmouth fishing destinations in the country.Boasting a low cost of living, quality public and private schools, and a violent crime rate that is more than four times lower than the state average, our community is a great place call home. We invite you to visit, explore and enjoy the excellent quality-of-life our community offers, while creating business opportunities to enhance your future.
Getting down to business
Our community has several economic development organizations to help your business start up or expand.
In Marinette County, economic development is a public-private partnership. The Marinette County Association for Business & Industry is involved in many regional business development efforts.
In Menominee County, economic development efforts are led by Nancy Douglas, director of the Menominee Business Development Corporation, also a public-private partnership. A former chamber executive and fund raiser, Nancy has a reputation for getting the job done. Contact her at (906) 863-2656 or (906) 864-2201.
The chamber executive director is a member of both the MCABI and MBDC boards of directors.
The chamber offers small-business counseling at both offices. To set up an appointment with Jim Beauchamp, our counselor, call us at (715) 735-6681. Call the same number to set up small-business insurance counseling with David Remington.
Our Business & Economic Development Committee focuses on business attraction and retention. Our Education & Business Partnership focuses on working with schools to help students and support teachers and is now exploring new ways to encourage financial management training and entrepreneurship for students.
The chamber and its tourism arm work closely with the Marinette County board's Economic Development & Tourism Committee, sharing information on a monthly basis.
We are continually looking for new ways to support area economic development efforts.