“We’re fortunate to live and work in Delta County where we have such a proud history, talented workforce, great schools, and generous service organizations. This enables a great quality of life and future opportunities for our youth.”
Paul Harvey, Director, New Business Development, EMP
The case for working, doing business, and living in Delta County
Delta County’s location and accessible transportation infrastructure provides a combination of economic development opportunities and incentives. Its locality has attracted a number of state and federal offices, such as the United States Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service and Michigan State Police. Businesses can easily transport their products through the transportation infrastructure available in the area. The county has access to two rail carriers, Canadian National and Escanaba & Lake Superior Railroad. The airport serviced by Delta Airlines is located 2 miles away from downtown Escanaba, and 3 deep water ports are also available.
Delta County is located on the northern shores of Lake Michigan; about 317 miles North of Chicago, IL and 227 miles North of Milwaukee, WI. The county is located at the crossroads of US 2, US 41, and M-35; the main north-south and east-west highways through the Upper Peninsula.
The county has a strong manufacturing base, averaging nearly 20%. The largest employer is New Page, maker of coated publishing paper. Year around tourism brings in $50 million a year. Median household income is $33,301 and 79.6% own their homes. Average commute time in the county is 14.1 minutes.
Delta County is located right on the Upper Peninsula’s “Banana Belt”, known for its much milder climate compared to the rest of the Upper Peninsula. This allows many to enjoy the outdoors throughout the year. Delta County is known for its majestic views of the lake, and fall colors. The county has 211 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, 514 miles of rivers/streams, nearly 6,000 acres of inland lakes and ponds, and nearly 310,000 acres of public recreation land. There are 3 marinas, 4,855 registered watercraft, and two annual world-class sanctioned walleye fishing tournaments. There are four championship golf courses and three nine-hole courses in the county. It is the outdoor enthusiast’s paradise.