St. Clair County, Michigan, attracts 64,100 Square Foot Aquarium by Marinescape and hopes to Attract Indoor Waterpark Resort Next

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Now that a deal to bring a 64,100 square foot Aquarium to St. Clair County, Michigan is progressing, the area looks to seek a complimenting Indoor Water Park resort and/or convention center. The Aquarium is expected to lure 500,000 or more visitors annually. St. Clair County, Michigan is home to the Blue Water Bridge (U.S./Canada Crossing) providing tourism potential from both sides of the border with incomes and population needed in the crucial 180 mile radius ring.

St. Clair County, Michigan is finalizing details and negotiations to add a 64,100 square foot aquarium by Marinescape to be developed on the Desmond Landing waterfront in Port Huron, Michigan. The Aquarium is expected to attract between approximately 500,000 or more visitors annually and officials would like construction to start in Spring 2011.

As the Blue Water region continues to focus on making St. Clair County, Michigan, a year round tourist destination; the region hopes to next attract an Indoor Waterpark Resort to compliment the Aquarium. Our region is also conducting a feasibility study to see if our area can support the development of a new Convention Center to attract and host major events, business conventions and trade shows, competitive events and large scale gatherings.    

Now that the Aquarium project is progressing, the attraction of an indoor waterpark would compliment the Aquarium project very nicely. St. Clair County, Michigan, is looking for a serious Indoor Waterpark developer to build a waterpark resort in our beautiful waterfront community. St. Clair County, Michigan offers strong demographics in the 180 mile radius ring crucial to the success of these type of projects. In fact, our population is almost equal to that in markets such as Sandusky, Ohio or Wisconsin Dells which both currently operate successful Indoor Waterparks.

Our region realizes that bringing a substantial Indoor Waterpark (over 50,000 square feet), coupled with a new Aquarium tourist attraction could turn St. Clair County into a major year round tourist destination. The EDA and St. Clair County, Michigan, is ready to do whatever it takes to help support making that happen. Our region offers the perfect climate, logistics and demographics to support an Indoor Waterpark. Incentives including a possible Tourism MEGA tax credit, and land deals may be available to assist developers with reducing development costs and increasing ROI.

In St. Clair County, Michigan and surrounding communities also, families have a very short window to enjoy outdoor recreational opportunites. Put simply, our summers are short and our winters are long. So for several months of the year, families find themseleves experiencing "cabin fever" and desperate for a warm-weather escape; which explains why in a struggling economy, you still find waterpark resorts like Kalahari in Sandusky, Ohio, filled during school vacations such as Spring break. Many families are taking shorter vacations and traveling closer to home, so Indoor Waterparks are an "easy to please" vacation for the whole family. Amenities offered are not only enjoyed by toddlers, tweens, and teens, but even by Mom & Dad. Waterparks provide an easy & affordable way to entertain an entire family with children of all ages in a one-stop destination.    

The Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County (EDA) is anxious to assist you with a free and confidential site analysis, site tour, data and help expediting approvals needed to get construction of your Indoor Waterpark underway. The EDA is ready, willing and able to help coordinate essential resources, project needs, equipment, workforce, and possible incentives and financial packaging.

If you are a developer or private investor looking for a location for your next Indoor Waterpark Resort, we hope you will take a good look at St. Clair County, Michigan as a possible fit for your waterpark resort.    

For more information, please contact the Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County (EDA), toll free at 1-877-982-9511 or visit our website at http://www.edascc.com

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