Alternative Energy Projects Discover Why "Blue Meets Green" in St. Clair County, Michigan

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Companies & site selectors are taking notice of St. Clair County, Michigan for alternative energy projects. This shoreline community with access to the Great Lakes shipping channel and is home to an international border crossing offers excellent logistics by land, water, air or rail. Recent alternative energy projects include Energy Components Group, Vortex Hydro Energy and Astraeus Wind.

Our recent alternative energy successes resulting in one land based; and one water based project in the past year, along with several other potential projects in the pipeline leads us into 2010 with excitement and optimism for obvious opportunities in this sector

St. Clair County, Michigan has been working hard to hit the radar screen for budding projects in the alternative energy sector and is pleased companies pursuing advancements in alternative energy are finally taking notice of our community for such projects.

In fact, in the past year, two companies have chosen St. Clair County for their alternative energy projects. The first included a new alternative energy manufacturing facility for Energy Components Group (ECG), a newly formed company that will serve the wind and solar industry and will open for business soon in 2010 with pending multi million dollar production orders from a west coast client. The second included Vortex Hydro Energy Components Group (VHE) who has chosen St. Clair County, Michigan as the testing site for their exclusively licensed VIVACE converter (hydrokinetic alternative energy project). One or more of the devices will be placed at the mouth of the St. Clair River this summer with our hopes of having the device manufactured locally as the product advances toward commercialization.

"Our recent alternative energy successes resulting in one land based; and one water based project in the past year, along with several other potential projects in the pipeline leads us into 2010 with excitement and optimism for obvious opportunities in this sector," said David Haynes, Director of Business Attraction at the Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County, Michigan.

Why would alternative energy projects, (specifically wind & water) be interested in St. Clair County, Michigan? Logistics. Our region offers multiple logistical perks. We have excellent transportation options by expressway, water, air or rail. We are the home of an International Border Crossing (Blue Water Bridges) which provides quick access to and from Canada. St. Clair County is located within 500 miles of ½ the U.S. population, offers access to the Great Lakes shipping lanes and two (2) class I railroads (CSX rail with double stack capacity).    

In addition, St. Clair County, Michigan has fully serviced "free land" available (offer based on job creation) that not only comes with rail access, and nearby expressway access, but more importantly potential port access. For companies servicing wind turbines for example, the logistics of moving wind turbine components due to length and size make shipping by water carrier highly attractive. Quite simply, we offer quick access to every possible transportation mode - expressway, water, air or rail.

At a recent luncheon held by the Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County (EDA), representatives from Vortex Hydro Energy and Astraeus Wind (the recent recipient of a $7 million federal grant) both shared their excitement about their alternative energy projects. They also conveyed how proud we should be as a community to have these advanced alternative energy technologies in St. Clair County, Michigan.

Why should your company consider St. Clair County, Michigan for your alternative energy project; and what do we mean when we say "Where Blue Meets Green"? The EDA wants you to know that St. Clair County, Michigan offers you a beautiful blue shoreline community with Great Lakes shipping capabilities, abundant land resources and logistical and transportation advantages, including interstate I-94/I-69 and Blue Water Brides International border crossing connecting to Canada's highway 402. Combined with our water resources and our desire to continually improve as a green community with alternative energy advancements, St. Clair County makes an ideal location for your next alternative energy project.    

About EDA

The Economic Development Alliance (EDA) of St. Clair County is a Private Nonprofit organization that provides general purpose economic development services throughout St. Clair County. EDA offers a wide variety of services involving business recruitment and business retention with an overall goal of enhancing the quality of life for residents in St. Clair County. EDA is supported by a membership of over 150 businesses from the private & public sector. EDA offers confidential free site selection services. Visit the EDA at http://www.edascc.com/alternativeenergy.php or call toll free 1-877-982-9511. For a free personalized alternative energy location proposal tailored to your company and industry; email eda(at)edascc(dot)com            

Contact:
David Haynes, Director of Business Attraction
Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County, Michigan
Toll Free 1-877-982-9511

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