Economic Development


On December 20, 2021, City Commission authorized $300,000 to create a small business relief grant program to be administered by Economic Development Staff, with assistance from the Fiscal Services Director, Bay Future, Inc., and the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. The program is targeted to help businesses with less than 20 employees with COVID-19 related expenses and allows for grants up to $5,000 for businesses with 1-10 employees, and up to $10,000 for businesses with 11-20 employees. 

Beginning Monday, January 10th, applications will be available in pdf format on the City’s website and in Room 207 at City Hall. Businesses can either fill out applications and drop them off at City Hall or they can apply online directly on the City’s website. The application window opens Monday, January 10th at 8am and closes Friday, January 21st at 5pm. Questions can be directed to Sara Dimitroff or Shelli Thurston in Economic Development.

* Please review the grant guidelines prior to proceeding with the application.
Guidelines - CoBC ARPA Small Business Relief

Click Here for the Online Application
Click Here for the Printable Application

Economic Development - Who are we?

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Who We Are
The City of Bay City Economic Development Department provides assistance to developers, businesses and neighborhoods in Bay City. Whether you are pursuing a development or revitalization project we have the answers you are looking for, all in one place.
What We Offer
Incentive Programs Our staff has direct access and in-depth understanding of Incentives and we work closely with the State of Michigan to package incentive proposals targeted to the needs of individual businesses.

Community Partnerships between public and private businesses and organizations aimed at creating mutually beneficial economic development.

Real Estate/Site Selection
City-Owned Land for Sale We acquire abandoned and underutilized property in the City and offer purchasing opportunities, which focus on community development and owner occupancy.
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