Downtown Merchants Association
The DOWNTOWN MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION (DMA) is a group of brick & mortar business owners in the Gaylord, Michigan downtown-shopping district), that plans, organizes and executes shopping and community events for that district.
DMA MISSION: Support brick and mortar businesses in the DMA district. Increase customers and enhance the downtown experience through community and shopping events.
Otsego Economic Alliance
Otsego Count Economic Alliance
Otsego County Economic Alliance, Inc.
Attn: Lisa McComb, Executive Director
225 West Main Street
Gaylord, MI 49735
Fax us at: (989) 731-0289
Direct Lines: Lisa McComb, Executive Director (989) 731-0288
Brandy Riopelle, Administrative Assistant (989) 731-0287
Otsego Economic Alliance Mission & Vision
The Otsego County Economic Alliance, Inc. (OCEA) is the economic development partnership serving Gaylord and Otsego County. The mission of Otsego County Economic Alliance, Inc. is to champion economic growth while enhancing the quality of life in Otsego County through public/private partnerships.
OCEA is a collaborative, community supported, full-service economic development organization; serving as the recognized champion of economic change and growth in Gaylord and Otsego County. OCEA provides leadership, vision, education and promotion of economic development; and provides the services and assistance necessary to develop high wage, high skill, base industries in Gaylord and Otsego County, through retention, expansion and attraction as well as entrepreneurial encouragement.
OCEA recognizes that its primary role in managing economic development is to impact the number and quality of jobs by retaining, expanding and attracting industry to the county. In doing so, the nonprofit has agreed that it can only be effective in this role, if all aspects of the community - its leadership, infrastructure, land use, public services, and overall quality of life - are conducive to this goal.
Services to the business community provided by the nonprofit include: business expansion and location assistance including infrastructure development, tax abatements, financing, access to state level incentives, and customized location proposals; research and information to assist businesses; export assistance; small business planning assistance and micro loan financing; and as a liaison to local government.v
Otsego County Work Force Profile
Employers within Otsego County have a large group of skilled and educated workers to draw from with 76% of the workers being over the age of 18.
Source: US Census Bureau
The class of worker in the Civilian employed population over 16 years of age in Otsego County:
- Private wage and salary workers: 81.1%
- Government workers: 11.4%
- Self-employed, not incorporated: 7.3%
- Unpaid family work: 0.1%
Otsego County has a unique secondary and technical education program through the partnership of University Center at Gaylord and the Kirtland M-TEC Center. This 47,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility offers a range of higher education services and training to residents in northern Michigan.
With the retail industry ever growing within Otsego County, there were 3,181 people employed in sales and office occupations. Educational, health and social services provided employment to over 22% of the population; while manufacturing and the arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food service industries provided employment to over 26.5% of the population.