The City of Clare is centrally located in the heart of Michigan’s beautiful Lower Peninsula on US Route 127 at the junction of Business 10 and M-115 and minutes from I-75 and US Route 131. Clare has a long-standing history as "The Gateway to the North" and boasts of 18 lakes with public access boat launches with 3900 acres of open water, and over 330 miles of rivers and streams. With over 56,000 acres of state land where hunters will find whitetail deer, partridge, turkey, squirrel and quail, as well as access to 55 miles of ORV/Snowmobile Trails that traverse the upper region of the county.
Clare, is home of Senator Debbie Stabenow, Representative Joel Johnson, State Athletic Champions, and has more Irish spirit than you can shake a shillelagh at which can easily be found during the Annual Clare Irish Festival during St. Patrick's Day. Whether you are looking for a nice place to live, vacation, or just stop through, Clare is the place to be!
Clare has emerged as an industry hub. Boasting 2 Industrial Parks that are full with a wide range of Manufacturing-(Steel/metals, structures, plastics, molding), Energy Producers & Trucking businesses.
StageRight, Filcon, Tranquil Systems International, ALRO Steel, Kyle's Manufacturing, Northern Dry Bulk, Northern Pallet, Northern Logistics, Letherer Truss, JD Metalworks, Advanced Battery Concepts, Consumers Energy, Mid Michigan Industries, and many small businesses call Clare their city.
Ø Filcon, a slitter and converter of plastic films and foils, and supplies private label brands to Kmart, Rite Aid, and Dollar General, as well as others private label names..
Ø StageRight, at the forefront in platform design and application, supplied the telescopic risers for the new Las Vegas Convention Center opening in 2016.
Clare has maintained a vibrant downtown area with a good variety of shopping opportunities. Visitors are continually intrigued by the friendly, helpful businesses that grace our sidewalks. Beautiful architecture can be found all over town and during the Summer of 2015, several Business Owners have partnered with MEDC-Michigan Economic Development Corporation, to invest in the facade (Storefronts) in downtown Clare. They will be reconstructed to be more reminescent of the turn of the century.
For a list of Downtown Shopping, Click on the Shopping link below.
Not only will there be a facelift to the main downtown area, take a look at the alley that parallels it. You will find a fresh, emerging artfully designed Art Alley. This alley promises to surprise visitors and inspire their artful instincts!
A destination in its own right, Clare boasts, seven parks including a campground, acres of state land to explore, lakes and rivers for all water sports, is a Trailhead for the Michigan Rails to Trails, and is the perfect city to call your own with many affordable housing options including waterfront property.
Clare’s public schools, accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, are known throughout the State for their award winning programs, Including the recently recognized Band program.They were one of the first Public Schools in Michigan to implement the Five-Year Program, in conjunction with Mid Michigan Community College, to help minimize student college debt.
The City of Clare boasts top-notch police, fire and public works departments, as well as a business-friendly city government. In addition, the Pere Marquette District Library is conveniently located in downtown Clare, offering all of the amenities you would expect including a wide variety of classes held in partnership with other area organizations.
Clare is centrally located, is nationally recognized through its programs and people, maintains strong existing infrastructures, committed to its youth, creates leaders, and invests in sustainable growth efforts. We invite you to join us by opening your business in Clare!
Opening a Business
Let us help you find resources available to help you start your business in downtown Clare. Please contact us to arrange a visit with one of our trained professionals.
- Downtown Clare Ordinances
- Revolving Loan Fund – A low interest loan for small businesses within Clare County. Contact Clare DDA for more information.
- SBDC of Michigan
- Middle Michigan Development Corporation
- Clare City Manager-Ken Hibl