The Region



Located in the most southeastern corner of Michigan with the state’s only commercial port on Lake Erie, Monroe County is supported by a diversified economy, serving as home to many industries and a mix of retail, agricultural and commercial businesses.

Established in July, 1817, Monroe County is situated directly between Detroit to the north and Toledo, Ohio to the south, with close proximity to cities like Ann Arbor and Windsor, Ontario.  Nearly 160,000 people reside in the county; the regional population is about 5 million. The lakeshore offers many fishing and boating opportunities and harbors North America’s only International Wildlife Refuge.  

Monroe County is characterized by urban and industrial development along its eastern shoreline, and agriculture in its western sector. It has two coal-fired power plants and one nuclear power plant.  It is home to the world headquarters of La-Z-Boy Inc. and Tenneco Automotive. 

Safety, nationally acclaimed schools and friendly neighbors are some of the reasons people want to raise their families in Monroe County, which is known for its small-town atmosphere with easy access to the metropolitan markets.  It offers a pleasant mix of urban and rural surroundings, and its well-defined transportation system of roads, freeways, airports, rail lines and the port make it ideal for economic development. 

Community Links
Monroe Publishing Company // Monroe Evening News
http://www.monroenews.com/
City of Monroe
http://www.ci.monroe.mi.us/

Port of Monroe
http://www.portofmonroe.com/
Monroe County Business Development Corporation
http://monroecountybdc.org/

Monroe County Business Development Corporation
http://monroecountybdc.org/
County of Monroe
http://www.co.monroe.mi.us/

Monroe County Convention and Tourism Bureau
http://www.monroeinfo.com/
River Raisin National Battlefield Park
http://www.nps.gov/rira/index.htm

River Raisin Heritage Trail
http://www.rrtrail.com/
Sterling State Park
http://www.michigandnr.com/

River Raisin Centre for the Arts
http://www.riverraisincentre.org/
Monroe County Intermediate School District
http://www.misd.k12.mi.us/

Community Foundation of Monroe County
http://cfmonroe.org/
Monroe Family YMCA
http://ymcaofmonroe.org/
Major Employers
Mercy Memorial Hospital System
http://www.mercymemorial.org/Main/Home.aspx
Monroe Bank and Trust
http://www.mbandt.com/AboutMBT.aspx

Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
http://www.ihmsisters.org/www/home.asp
La-Z-Boy (World Headquarters---Monroe, Michigan)
http://www.la-z-boy.com/About/History

DTE Energy // Fermi 2 // Monroe County
http://dteenergy.com/nuclear/
Tenneco Automotive // Monroe Shocks
http://www.monroe.com/about-monroe/Monroe-History

Gerdau // Special Steel North America // Monroe, Michigan
http://www.gerdau.com/specialsteel/
Ventower  / Wind Turbine Towers // Port of Monroe
http://www.ventower.com/

Fluid Equipment Development Company  (FEDCO)
http://www.fedco-usa.com/
Barnhart Crane and Rigging (Port of Monroe Facility)
http://www.barnhartcrane.com/