Crain’s Detroit Business features #Saginaw, Bay City & Great Lakes Tech Park
9 Apr 2018
Saginaw and Bay City have something in common with Mark Twain: Rumors of their death have turned out to be exaggerated.
Like many mid-sized cities around the state 10 or 15 years ago, they seemed well on their way to becoming ghost towns. Downtown storefronts sat vacant. Movie theaters were shuttered. Parking lots were empty. Sidewalks went without walkers.
"You could have easily shot a cannon in any direction downtown and not hit anyone," said Trevor Keyes, the president and CEO of Bay Future Inc., a nonprofit economic development agency in Bay County that was founded in 2004.