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Midland Community Information

Start with a walk through 110 acres of natural splendor at Dow Gardens, featuring sculptures, art, and original architecture designed by Alden B. Dow, all among the most vivid displays of flowers and trees.

Catch a Great Lakes Loons baseball game at Dow Diamond, shop the sidewalks in Midland's Center City, or set out for an adventure at Chippewa Nature Center, one of the largest non-profit nature centers in the country. Visit us in Midland, where you'll discover your own list of million brilliant possibilities.

Midland Information:

Midland, Michigan... an unlikely location for some of the most industry-leading chemical research and development in the world. From its incorporation as a logging county in the 1850s, the Midland area changed forever in 1890 when Herbert Henry Dow arrived in Midland armed with a new process to extract bromine from its brine-rich soils. By 1897, he'd founded The Dow Chemical Company and laid the groundwork for Midland's future as the heart of Michigan's technology basin.

Now the heart of Michigan's technology basin, Midland is the global headquarters of two Fortune 500 companies (The Dow Chemical Company and Dow Corning Corporation) and home to the Midland Cogeneration Venture, the largest gas-fueled, steam recovery cogeneration facility in North America. Midland has become a center for industrial innovation, and is quickly becoming a hub for the solar energy industry.

In addition to the strong economic base, Midland is also proud of its quality education programs. For several years, the Midland Public Schools has been rated as one of the top 44 school districts in the country by Expansion Management magazine. Offering many opportunities for higher education, Midland is the home of Northwood University and is located within 20 minutes of Davenport University, Saginaw Valley State University, Central Michigan University, and Delta College.

Residents and tourists alike enjoy Midland's abundance of cultural and recreational facilities. The Midland Center for the Arts, Herbert H. Dow Historical Museum, Dow Gardens, the Herbert D. Doan Midland County History Center, plus the unique, Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired architecture of Alden B. Dow are several attractions that reflect Midland's culture and heritage. The Great Lakes Loons baseball team, a brand-new 107,000-square-foot Civic Arena with three skating rinks, Currie Municipal Golf Course, Midland's 30-mile-long, paved Pere Marquette Rail-Trail, the Midland Community Tennis Center, a volunteer-run soccer complex, a Community Center, 72 different parks, and the Emerson Park and Redcoat softball complexes provide residents with many recreational opportunities.

You don't have to live in an industrial inner city with hour-long commutes to take advantage of global leadership in the chemical industry: You can have suburban life with big-city industry opportunities right here in Midland.

EDUCATION:

Setting Up Students for Success ~ Outstanding People, Outstanding Education

Developing outstanding people requires outstanding education. Midland County is proud to be the home of four school districts that each focus on rigorous education and student success.

Public Schools | School District Locations in Midland County

Midland Public Schools City of Midland as well as Larkin, Mills, Lincoln, Ingersoll, Homer and Midland Townships

Bullock Creek School District Lee, Greendale, Homer, Porter, Mt. Haley, Ingersoll and Midland Townships

Meridian Public Schools City of Sanford as well as Edenville, Hope, Jerome and Lincoln Townships

Coleman Community Schools City of Coleman as well as Warren and Geneva Townships

Midland Public Schools comprises 13 elementary schools, three middle schools and two high schools. In 2007, Midland Public Schools enhanced its curriculum by making the International Baccalaureate curriculum available to its high school students. This rigorous pre-university international program is authorized in 110 countries and provides student review and assessment by an international board of examiners, preparing students to be top-rank leaders in a global economy. Midland Public Schools' devotion to student success is evident by Expansion Management magazine's ranking them in the top 17 percent of school districts nationwide for 2007.

The Midland County Educational Service Agency supports all Midland County's school districts by providing leadership, delivering services and leveraging resources to improve the education of students in collaboration with constituent districts, schools, and the community at large.

Northwood University's Griswold Center & The Alan Ott Auditorium at Saginaw Valley State University

Higher Education:

Midland County is also home to three universities and is within 30 miles of several others.

Northwood University is a private university with a unique and rigorous curriculum that focuses on the free enterprise system and preparation to compete in a global market economy. Northwood offers undergraduate and graduate programs in business curriculum.

Davenport University offers degrees ranging from bachelor's and master's degrees to associate's degrees and one-year certificates.

Michigan Molecular Institute is a world-class polymer research facility that offers visiting partnerships through programs at Central Michigan University, Michigan Technological University and Michigan State University in polymer science.

Delta College, located 15 minutes from Midland, is a state-supported community college. Delta offers associate's degrees in various studies, apprentice training programs, one-year certificates, programs for students planning to attend four-year universities, and many community education classes.

Saginaw Valley State University, located 20 minutes southeast of Midland, is a four-year state university offering bachelor's & master's degrees in many areas of study.

Central Michigan University is a state university located in Mt. Pleasant, 30 minutes west of Midland. CMU offers bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. degrees in many subjects. Their Midland satellite campus allows local residents to enjoy local MBA and other degree programs.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT: A CULTURAL CAPITAL ~ BIG ARTS OPPORTUNITIES FROM A MID-SIZED TOWN

In Midland, we're proud of the artistic and cultural opportunities we've created - opportunities that rival those found in substantially larger cities. Although the sciences and the arts seem very different on the surface, they share a common passion for the process of discovery - which explains why the arts have flourished alongside the sciences in this chemical town.

In Midland, outstanding cultural opportunities range from music and theater to science and the arts. The Midland Center for the Arts provides state-of-the-art stages for audiences of 400 to 1500 and has featured everything from local performances to world-class orchestras and dance companies.

The home of well-known mid-20th century architect Alden B. Dow makes for an interesting tour. A disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright, Alden Dow drew inspiration from his teacher's architectural style while exploring his own unique direction. He sought to design buildings as an integral part of the landscape surrounding them, rooted in his philosophy that "gardens never end and buildings never begin."" Midland features many examples of Alden Dow-designed buildings, the most famous of which is the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio - Mr. Dow's own home and office. At the Herbert D. Doan Midland County History Center, you can learn the history of Midland County, Fortune 500 company The Dow Chemical Company, and the Bradley House, one of Midland's first homes dating back to the 1800s.

Midland home and business owners take great pride in their natural surroundings, enhancing their landscapes with bright and colorful plantings, many of which are native to Michigan. Midland Blooms, held on a Saturday morning each spring, brings volunteers out in full force to plant flowers and foliage along some of Midland's busiest thoroughfares. Property owners make the most of their outdoor surroundings, and many Midlanders are rewarded through an annual Appreciation of Beautification awards competition, which encourages maintaining lovely exteriors to enhance our already beautiful community.

Midland is also known as the "County of Beautiful Churches."" Over 100 places of worship throughout the county represent most denominations and faiths.

MEDICAL FACILITIES:

Top-Class Healthcare: A location for world-class business needs world-class health care for its population. In the Midland area, we're fortunate to be served by MidMichigan Health,a non-profit partnership of health providers, services and facilities dedicated to providing quality, comprehensive health care throughout the middle of Michigan and beyond.MidMichigan Health covers a 12-county region with medical centers in Midland, Alma, Clare and Gladwin, as well as urgent care centers, home care, nursing homes, physicians, medical offices and other specialty health services. They have more than 6,000 employees, physicians and volunteers. Their dedication to excellence in patient care earned them a spot on the 2007 list of top 50 health systems in the United States by Thomson Reuters' 100 Top Hospitals: Health Systems Quality/Efficiency Study. The study evaluated 252 health systems on measures of clinical quality and efficiency from Medicare and CMS databases in 2007. These measures rank MidMichigan Health in the top 20 percent of all health systems nationwide.MidMichigan contributes significantly to the health of our local economies. As the second-largest employer in Midland County and the largest employer in Clare, Gratiot and Gladwin Counties, MidMichigan employs more than 4,700 people who, combined, earn more than $100 million in annual wages and benefits. In addition, they purchase more than $15 million in goods and services from local businesses. During fiscal year 2009, MidMichigan Health provided $60.9 million in charity care, community benefit and community-building services to the more than 700,000 people in their 12-county service area.

System-wide, MidMichigan Health has:

  • More than 4,700 employees
  • More than 350 physicians
  • More than 1,250 volunteers
  • Annual gross revenues approximately $932 million
  • Assets valued at more than $500 million
  • 459 hospital beds at four medical centers
  • 185 licensed nursing home beds
  • 20 licensed assisted living beds

A hallmark of MidMichigan Health is the quality of its medical facilities and campuses, which have been enhanced by the generosity of local foundations and donors. Now underway is a $115 million expansion and renovation of the 1974 Harlow Building at MidMichigan Medical Center - Midland, which houses the Medical Center's inpatient services. When completed in 2012 the new building will include six new operating rooms, two new floors with 36 private rooms, a new lobby and front entrance, as well as renovations in other clinical areas.

Sports and Recreation:

In Midland, we play as hard as we work. Whether your preferred recreation is a calm walk along a nature trail or a lightning-quick game of tennis, Midland has you covered.

Serious Sports:

  • Mid-Michigan's only minor league baseball team, the Great Lakes Loons, landed in the community in April 2007. A single-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Loons play at the 5,500-seat Dow Diamond stadium near downtown Midland, a great place for games during the warmer months and special events all year.

  • The Midland Community Tennis Center is recognized as one of the top 25 tennis facilities in the country and is home to the annual Dow Corning Women's Tennis Tournament, an important U.S. Open qualifying tournament that draws top professionals from around the world. In September 2009, the U.S. Tennis Association named Midland the #1 Tennis Town in the nation during the 2009 U.S. Open in New York.

  • The Midland Soccer Club has served over 5000 families in its 32 years of operation. It is the most comprehensive club in Michigan with over 30 fields across 54 acres and programs for youth recreation, youth select and adults in the spring, summer and fall. The Soccer Club currently hosts two regional tournaments that draw over 10,000 players, families and friends.

  • Unofficially the "World Softball Capital,"" Midland continually hosts state, national and international softball tournaments. In 2004, the USA Softball Women's National Team visited Midland for a scrimmage against the Midland Lady Explorers. Midland was the only stop in Michigan for the U.S. team that won the gold during the 2004 Summer Olympics in Greece. In 2008, Midland again hosted the women's Olympic team in a rousing game against the Lady Explorers.

  • Skaters can enjoy Midland's three indoor ice-skating rinks at its 107,000-square-foot Midland Civic Arena, which opened in September 2005. The facility features a total of three rinks: two NHL-sized and one Olympic-sized. Bikers can check out the City's BMX bike track, located at the Stratford Woods Park.

  • The Midland Community Center provides everything from racquetball courts, to a curling center, to a 20,000-square-foot indoor leisure pool. Two public golf courses with a total of 54 holes and two community pools round out a community with outstanding facilities.

Parks and Recreation:

The City of Midland maintains 72 City parks on 2,700 acres of land. Small neighborhood parks nestled within residential areas are found throughout the city so that each neighborhood has a unique place for family recreation. While neighborhood parks are just right for small gatherings, larger groups can enjoy the amenities of several big parks in the city. Two of the community's largest parks, Emerson and Plymouth, are favorites for softball diamonds, sheltered picnic areas, playgrounds, and - at Plymouth Park - a pool.

Midlanders can also enjoy getting back to nature just outside the city at the Chippewa Nature Center, a private center open to the public year-round. Since its foundation in 1966, the Nature Center has grown from its original 198-acre parcel to include over 1,200 acres, 40 staff members and hundreds of volunteers. Over 50,000 people visit the Nature Center each year.

Nature is also found in abundance at Midland's Dow Gardens. Spread over 100 acres, Dow Gardens shares with its visitors the landscaping designed for the home of The Dow Chemical Company founder, Herbert H. Dow, in 1899.

Other beautiful natural settings include bike trails at City Forest and the 30-mile Pere Marquette Rail-Trail,which is used for walking, running or bicycling; and a recent addition to our community, the four-mile Chippewa Nature Trail, which connects to the Pere Marquette Rail-Trail and serves as another natural, green pathway for recreational enjoyment.

Major Employers in Midland County:

Company | Description | Employees

  • The Dow Chemical Company | Industrial chemicals/consumer products | 5,300
  • MidMichigan Medical Center - Midland | Complete hospital service | 3,200
  • Dow Corning Corporation | Silicones, specialty chemicals, lubricants, Silicon, health care products | 1,350
  • Midland Public Schools | Education | 1,100
  • Chemical Bank | Financial services |460
  • City of Midland | City government | 460
  • Northwood University | Private university specializing in management and entrepreneurial education | 340
  • County of Midland | County government | 330
  • Quad/Graphics, Midland Division |Commercial and publication printing | 325
  • Meijer | Retail | 320
  • Three Rivers Corporation | Engineering, construction, mechanical piping, architectural work | 300
  • Wal-Mart | Retail | 300
  • Bullock Creek Schools | Education | 260
  • Huhtamaki Plastics Inc. | Plastic containers manufacturer | 260

    Employee counts are approximate.

Community Links

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Source: Midland Tomorrow Inc. An economic development corporation serving the County of Midland, Michigan, and all the municipalities
http://www.midlandtomorrow.org/Living-in-Midland.aspx