Successful regional economies are built on a foundation of a region’s particular assets.

In some communities, like those on the western side of the state, Lake Michigan is an amazing natural asset. In other communities, like Sault Ste. Marie, the Soo Locks are an amazing man-made asset.

Both assets are used for different purposes, but with one goal: To facilitate sustained prosperity for the future.

Livingston County is unique, possessing some incredibly wonderful assets and strengths that make it a great place to live, work and do business. These assets and strengths, too, are what make this community different from every other in the state.

The assets identified through public sessions and quantitative data form both the heart of life here and the foundation of this strategic plan for sustainable prosperity in the New Economy.

The input from these sources was compared to quantitative county data to distill the unique Livingston County assets that could be used to create the strategic plan.

Read more about each asset:


Talented workforce

Green infrastructure

High-quality farmland

Advanced manufacturing infrastructure

Core downtown areas that function as gathering spaces

Proximity to postsecondary education institutions

Emerging arts sector

Diverse retail shopping