Economic Development Corporation (EDC)


  • 7:30 a.m.
  • Meets the first Thursday of every month
  • Commission Chambers - 2nd Floor
  • Governmental Center
    400 Boardman Avenue
    Traverse City, MI 49684
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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EDC Board Members

  • Tom Menzel, County Administrator
  • Cheryl Gore Follette, County Commissioner
  • Addison (Sonny) Wheelock, County Commissioner
  • Warren Call, Chairman
  • Jessica Sullivan, Vice-Chair
  • Peter Albers
  • Gerald Chefalo
  • Christian Smith
  • Michael Naughton


The Economic Development Corporation (EDC) encourages and financially assists industrial and commercial enterprises in locating and expanding in the County.

The EDC is a 9-member board appointed by the County Board of Commissioners for a 6-year term, per statute. 

In 2016, the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners presented a new opportunity for the EDC to be a voice on economic issues within Grand Traverse County, and has appointed new board member to make this an active and strategic part of moving the County forward on business development for attraction, retention and diversification.  

Mission Statement

Retain, expand and attract businesses creating high quality jobs in Grand Traverse County.


Grand Traverse County will have a sustainable business base and be among the top counties in the nation for economic development and growth.


The Grand Traverse County Economic Development Corporation was established in 1978 under the Economic Development Corporations Act, PA 338 of 1974, as amended.