Economic Development Corporation
The City of Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation (EDC) has a mission to stimulate growth and community development, to attract new commercial and manufacturing business to the area, and to support entrepreneurs, early and second stage companies by facilitating product development, commercialization activities, and strategic partnerships. The Sault EDC has objectives that range from business attraction, retention, expansion, development, and incubation. Strategic services are offered as an incentive to new and existing businesses to create business growth.
Sault Ste. Marie EDC offers start-up, early stage, existing, and new businesses a multitude of business advantages such as: access to an international market, deep water port, rail, Interstate I-75 (north/south access), state trunkline M-28 and US-2 (east/west access), US Customs Port of Entry, municipal airport located in the Air Industrial Park, Foreign Trade Zone #16, and Industrial Incubator. Other collaborative services include: invaluable business development services, business plan, marketing assistance, office space, website development, product prototyping, engineering, equipment and software support utilizing the Sault Ste. Marie SmartZone, Lake Superior State University, and Product Development Center operated by Lake Superior State University.
Sault Ste. Marie sits on the U.S. and Canada border and is strategically situated as an international gateway for economic growth and a hub for successful entrepreneurialism. Sault Ste. Marie is truly an international city and a great place to grow business, work, live, and play.
Jeff Holt, EDC Director
Tracey Laitinen, EDC Specialist