Our Mission – Job Creation
SEDC actively pursues economic development by assisting new or expanding business and industry in Sturgis and the greater Meade County area. SEDC is the only local organization with this full time focus.
In 1973, local businessmen formed the Sturgis Industrial Expansion Corp. (SIEC) as a private non-profit corporation to secure federal funds to create an industrial park. In 2015, the 45-acre Sturgis Industrial Park is home to 25 businesses and over 200 employees. Only six acres remain available for development.
In 2007, SIEC realized the need to expand its industrial real estate focus and officially changed its name to Sturgis Economic Development Corp (SEDC). SEDC also targets residential and commercial development to focus on quality of place and additional revenue generation.
SEDC employs a full time President and is governed by a 12-member volunteer Board of Directors. SEDC is funded through property proceeds, revolving loan interest, the City of Sturgis, Meade County, Municipal Utility Board, business and individual contributors, and grants.
How We Do It
SEDC markets the assets of Sturgis/Meade County to businesses looking to expand, relocate, or start-up. Prospects are developed through targeted strategies of direct sales, trade shows, website, networking and coordination with State and other development partners. SEDC is the “go-to” organization in Sturgis and Meade County for economic development initiatives.
Buildings and Sites
SEDC developed the 45-acre Sturgis Industrial Park and constructs, owns, and manages industrial buildings in the Park to accommodate business growth. SEDC recently constructed a 5,100 sq. ft. industrial incubator that is home to the new high school machinist training program. SEDC purchased properties on Sturgis Main Street and at I-90 Exit 32 for commercial development. SEDC also maintains a list of other available business sites and buildings.
SEDC compiles and maintains a community profile. This contains information frequently requested by prospects looking for area investment, such as tax structure, labor force, demographics, infrastructure, and community amenities.
Financial Resources and Incentives
SEDC directs three loan pools (SEDC, City, County) to assist in financing business growth. SEDC also brokers local, State and federal financing, as well as, job training grants to assist expanding and new businesses.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.