Saginaw, MI, February 23, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Saginaw Future Inc. (SFI) celebrated its 22nd Annual Awards Luncheon, which was attended by more than 400 business and community leaders at TheDow Event Center.
SFI recognized 30 economic development projects from 2013 that led to more than $186 million invested in Saginaw County. Along with the Economic Excellence Awards, Duro-Last Roofing, Inc. was selected as the Saginaw Future Procurement Technical Assistance Center Contractor of the Year.
“It is rewarding to work with such a community-focused organization that assisted in the creation and retention of more than 1,000 jobs in 2013,” said SFI Chairman Aaron Howald. “The 2013 Economic Excellence Awards feature family owned businesses and global corporations investing in our community, diversifying our economy and creating economic opportunity here in Saginaw County and the Great Lakes Bay Region.”
Over the past year, a number of Saginaw County communities benefited from clustered developments. Nearly $10 million of investment has been announced in nine projects in the City of Saginaw -including three in Downtown that helped jump start our urban center. The Frankenmuth area had five projects that generated $25.6 million in new investment, while five projects were announced for Saginaw Charter Township creating 269 jobs. Additional investments impacted Buena Vista, Carrollton, Chesaning and Tittabawassee Township.
Saginaw Future President JoAnn Crary stated, “It is exciting to be a part of so many impactful projects in 2013, from renewed interest in Downtown Saginaw to an expanding Nexteer Automotive, which is our largest employer. In 2014 we will continue to market our community as an excellent place for new companies to invest in, and continue to develop and enrich our Regional business climate for continued growth of our existing companies.”
The Annual Awards Luncheon featured speaker was Dr. George Eugene Ross, president of Central Michigan University. He highlighted CMU’s growing presence and leadership in Saginaw County, the Great Lakes Bay Region and across the state.
Established in 1992, Saginaw Future Inc. (SFI) is a public-private alliance of local businesses, the County of Saginaw, City of Saginaw, 15 local municipalities and the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce. SFI’s strategic partners also include education, labor and government. Since its beginning, SFI has remained dedicated to fostering quality job creation through expansion of local industry and attraction of new business projects to the community. www.SaginawFuture.com