It was an enthusiastic group of Fremont area businessmen who gathered as the Board of Trade in the "Rest Room" of the DeHaas Hotel in May of 1909. From the very beginning, the Chamber's roots have been deeply embedded in the community. With conviction and in the spirit of cooperation, business leaders assisted the Village Council with the work of improving Main Street, investigated the feasibility of incorporating as a city, discussed building suitable septic systems and filter beds to avert the polluting of Fremont Lake and considered starting their own telephone company.
In the days ahead, as the Fremont area experiences growth and change, the Chamber will continue to meet its mandate to provide direction and leadership, and move our community to a new level of excellence.
The area's forward-thinking leadership recognizes the need to preserve those things that make a community a place that people want to live and work in. This means paying attention to details that give the Fremont community a sense of place and a sense of pride.
What makes the Fremont area a smart choice for locating your business? Your checklist might include the following:
Fulfilling such a checklist makes the Fremont area more inviting to retailers, manufacturers and service provides alike.
The Newaygo County Educational Service Center is a multi-faceted and interrelated center built to facilitate the realization of Michigan’s Renaissance for Newaygo County. In the Employment and Training Center you will find readily available the resources and services of many agencies including:
The city and townships work with the Chamber and the above mentioned agencies to help existing business expand and to attract new industry to locate in the Fremont area. The Chamber assists in creating a proactive business climate helping to ensure business success and provide high-quality services to support the area's growth and development.
Attracted by City water and sewer, health services, police and fire protection and a modern airport, local industry has made a major investment in the community. "Good jobs and the increased tax base that business brings with it, make Fremont an area of substance," says Todd Blake, Fremont City Manager.
The Fremont Industrial Park is taking shape today as a new and superior location for small and medium sized manufacturing companies. Located on the city’s southwest side, the $2.4 million, 148-acre fully-platted, State certified park was developed with a campus-like setting, taking advantage of the land’s natural wood surroundings. The entire park is in a designated Tax Abatement District, and utilities provided include municipal water and sanitary sewer, storm sewer facilities, curb/gutter asphalt streets, and other private utilities such as electric, gas, telephone and cable television.
The Fremont Economic Development Corporation (EDC) exists to encourage and facilitate economic development activities, with a major emphasis on industrial jobs. The purpose of the EDC is to develop, coordinate and deliver services relating to economic development, assisting with the expansion of existing industries and to attract additional industries.
If you ask many of our business leaders why they located in the Fremont area, they will quickly add the overall quality of life our local communities have to offer. White we still have the charm, friendliness and safety that comes with a small town, access to the latest technology and business support services are readily available.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
Mr. Ron Vliem, Executive Director
Mr. Todd Blake, City Manager
Andy Lofgren, Executive Director
Mr. Kyle Morrison, Coordinator Career Placement Services
Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce