Bay Future, Inc. has been leading economic development efforts throughout Bay County, Michigan since 2004. Through that time, BFI has worked closely with many of our community’s large industrial and commercial industries and employers helping to solve their barriers for growth, their need for expansion, or their desire to create quality jobs.
In 2004, elected Bay County and City of Bay City representatives, along with business and community leaders, recognized a need to focus on economic opportunities in Bay County. The community had not weathered the short recession of 2000 through 2002 well, and the industrial climate in the community had changed. In an effort to gain insight and recommendations on the most effective tactics to move the community forward, Dean Whittaker of Whittaker and Associates along with Jay Garner of Garner Economics, LLC. (formerly Competitive Strategies Group, LLC.) were hired to identify; impediments to growth in Bay County, analyze existing assets related to economic, community, and workforce development, and recommendations to take Bay County in to a viable economic future.
One-on-one interviews and town hall meetings were facilitated with business and community members that culminated in The Whittaker Study or Whittaker Report, a comprehensive economic analysis of Bay County.
The most definitive outcome from the study and report was the formulation of Bay Future, Inc. Charged with facilitating economic development strategies in Bay County, Bay Future is a partnership of public (government bodies) and private sector (business) organizations that have joined together to promote job growth and retention in the community.
Here we are now, fifteen years later, an organization that has experienced many changes, serving a community that has evolved. In the last fifteen years, Bay Future has supported numerous businesses in the creation and retention of more than 3,600 jobs and worked with businesses to facilitate over $1.5 billion in new capital investment.
While time has passed, our core purpose has remained the same- to aid Bay County’s economy and to assist businesses in creating quality jobs for our community residents.
Below are links to the lists and articles Bay County has been recognized in with coverage our community has been receiving:
- Uptown Bay City development wins top honors at Michigan Municipal League Conference
- Single Millenials Were Most Likely to Buy a Home in These Cities According to Ellie Mae Millennial Tracker
- Bay City Recognized in Top 10 for US Cities Where Incomes Are Growing at the Fastest Pace
- Digital Transformation: A Safer Supply Chain
- Crain's Michigan Business: Saginaw and Bay City Boomtowns Once Again
- Big City Amenities, Small Town Feel
- Tired of Big-City Squeeze? Score a Bargain in America's 10 Cheapest Housing Markets
- PRESS RELEASE: 2017 eCities research recognizes Bay City and Bangor Township
- Business Facilities 12th Annual Metro Rankings (Bay County, MI Top 10 Logistics Leader)
- Bay City Recognized as Top 10 Most Affordable Small Cities
- Bay City Recognized as Top 10 Places to Live Cheaply
Local Economic Development News:
- Bay County businesses, nonprofits get $1.1 million in grants to help them during pandemic
- Gift card stimulus program injects $120,000 in local economy
- Gift card stimulus program raises $120K for Bay County small businesses affected by pandemic
- Letter from the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, Bay Future, and Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance
- Bay City small businesses hurt by COVID-19 can get money through grant programs offering $300,000
- 16 Bay City businesses receive state grants to stay open; another 4 turn to crowdfunding for help
- Business-boosting agencies staying focused on recovery efforts
- Gift card stimulus program aims to boost Bay County's economy
- Help Bay County businesses with a 'Buy BC' gift card
- A new website offers help to Bay County businesses making plans to re-open
- Bay County has a new website designed to help local businesses reopen safely
- Bay City and Bay County officials are working on plans to help businesses re-open
- Take a closer look at Bay City's future salt brine mining operation
- Wilkinson to build on Bay City riverfront
- Leaders highlight Bay City and Bay County growth during 2020 state of the community event
- Mineral extraction company coming to Bay City, plans 50-100 permanent jobs
- Bay City announces $50 million investment, new jobs
- Wilkinson Minerals planning $50 million move to Bay Cit
- Bay Future launches $2.5 million campaign to spur job growth, investment
- Bay County launches $2.5M economic development campaign
- Bay Future sets ambitious five-year goal for economic growth across Bay County
- Bay Future Announces Plans to Attract Business
- Entrepreneur competition expands with networking lunch leading up to the big event
- State of attraction: The focus on attracting, developing and retaining talent in the Great Lakes Bay
- The Great Lakes Bay Region invites you to come home in October
- State grant helps to make 192-acre Monitor Township industrial tech park shovel ready
- National organization picks Bay City to lead grassroots group for women
- Laying the foundation for growth, Falcon opens new headquarters
- Q & A with Trevor Keyes, President & CEO of Bay Future, Inc.