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Midland, Michigan... Big City Life in a Mid-Sized Community
The Midland community provides the amenities of big city life with all the charm and
security of a mid-sized community. Light traffic, a healthy economy, moderate
cost of living, impressive housing stocks, strong educational
systems, and easy access to big-city attractions put Midland on
Movoto's 2013 list of the top 10 cities in Michigan.
Midland has experienced much economic
development in the past 20 years. An emphasis on a thriving Downtown Midland has resulted in
the 2007 opening of the $50 million Dow Diamond stadium, home of Class-A minor league baseball's Great Lakes Loons; the new East End Development, complete with pedestrian plazas, loft housing, live-work dwellings, unique shops and cafes, outdoor dining and public art; a five-star-quality hotel and conference center called the H Hotel; upscale and casual restaurants and speciality shops; charming apartments and condo living; plus space for businesses of all types and sizes.
Center City District
is a shopping locale in - you guessed it! - the center of Midland.
It is fully developed with a mixture of retail, restaurant, and other
service sector businesses, as well as some multi-family housing.
Midland is also home to a regional shopping mall, constructed in 1991
and located on Eastman Avenue just north of US-10. The Midland Mall features four anchor stores complemented by more than 60 specialty
and name-brand shops. Many retail stores, hotels, restaurants and
entertainment facilities have located in the mall area, helping to bring a
full range of shopping, dining and
leisure opportunities to area residents and visitors.
A Community of Neighbors
than 85 places of worship represent most denominations. And when it
comes to rolling up your sleeves to help out those in need, the Midland
community rises to the occasion.
United Way Volunteer Center recruits up to 2,000 volunteers each year, and the
United Way of Midland County supports 25 community organizations with more
than $4.1 million in community giving and the priceless donation of community
members’ time and talents.
A Community of Beauty
Midland boasts 72 City parks on 2,700 acres of land - more than
twice the amount of park land in the cities of Mt. Pleasant, Bay City, and Saginaw
combined! Small neighborhood parks nestled within residential areas are found
throughout the city so that each neighborhood has a unique place for family
recreation and 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 - an
is found in abundance at
Dow Gardens, a 100-acre garden originally designed for the
home of Dow Chemical Company founder Herbert H. Dow in 1899.
Midland's sister city in Handa, Japan, has made
our community more beautiful with the gift of a Stone Lantern Garden, located on the grounds of the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library.
There are also many gifts to the city that are on display at the library, and a plethora of Japanese cherry trees that dot our community's landscape.
The main entrances to Midland feature colorful wayfinding signage and a variety of flowers and
plantings to greet visitors and residents alike. At the Eastman Avenue/U.S. 10 overpass, there are handcrafted copper medallions by local artists that grace all sides of the bridge.
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 each spring, brings volunteers out in full force to plant flowers and foliage along
Midland's busiest thoroughfare. Property owners make the most of their outdoor surroundings, with some Midlanders being rewarded through
an annual Beautification awards competition.
A Community of Culture
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 from around the globe.
The home of well-known mid-20th century architect
Dow makes for an interesting tour, as does the
Herbert D. Doan Midland County History Center,
where you can learn the history of Midland County, Fortune 500 company The Dow Chemical Company, and the Victorian-era, gothic-style Bradley House, one of Midland's first homes dating
back to 1874.
A Community of Commerce
The Dow Chemical Company and
Dow Corning Corporation are two Fortune
500 companies with world headquarters and major manufacturing plants in the
community, adding to the excellence of Midland through their continued
scientific research and development.
opportunities can be found at hundreds of large and small businesses
throughout Midland and our neighboring communities and at Midland’s state-of-the-art medical facility,
MidMichigan Medical Center, featuring the Neuroscience Institute and Pardee Cancer Center.
For details on the City's efforts to bring about more business and industry to our community, see the website of our local economic development partner,
A Community of Convenience
Midland is conveniently located in
the center of Michigan, just 15 minutes away from
MBS International Airport.
Private and corporate jets can
also be serviced at our community's general aviation airport,
Jack Barstow Municipal Airport, located in Midland.
If a nice drive is more your
style, a two- to three-hour jaunt in any direction by car will fulfill most of your vacation, sightseeing, or big-city needs including spending time on the
shores of Michigan’s five Great Lakes.
A Community of Education
The outstanding Midland Public School System
is comprised of 13 elementary schools, three middle schools and two high schools. In addition to having many notable programs, Midland offers an exemplary education, as evidenced by Expansion Management magazine’s ranking Midland Public Schools in the top 17% of school districts nationwide for 2007.
In addition to formal education opportunities, Midland's
award-winning public library, the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library, is the perfect place to gain more knowledge.
The library provides resources that satisfy the life-long informational, educational, and
cultural needs of the Midland community.
A Community of Sports Enthusiasts
Mid-Michigan's only minor league baseball team,
the Great Lakes Loons, landed in the community in April 2007. The 5,500-seat
Dow Diamond stadium near downtown Midland
is a great place for games during the warmer months and special events all year
'round. Click here to find out more
about the Loons.
For indoor sports, you can't beat two indoor NHL-sized ice-skating rinks and a brand-new turf floor at Midland's
107,000-square-foot Midland Civic Arena.
For the daredevil in you, check out the City's
BMX bike track, located at Stratford Woods Park, right next to our sandy beach at Stratford Woods.
In 1999, Midland
proudly opened Michigan's first
outdoor skatepark, where
skateboarders and in-line skaters of all ages perform the
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, drawing top professionals from around the world.
As a community of tennis aficionados, Midland was named the #1 Tennis Town in
the nation in 2009 by the U.S. Tennis Association.
Unofficially the “World Softball Capital,” Midland regulary hosts state, national,
and international softball tournaments. In 1999, Midland was the site of the final qualifier for the 2000
Olympics’ USA Women’s Softball Team. 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.
The Midland Community Center
provides everything from racquetball courts, to a curling center, to a 20,000-square-foot indoor
Two public golf courses - including the municipal
course, Currie Golf
Course; two community pools; and a
Midland Soccer Complex round out a community with outstanding
A Look Back in Time: History of the Community
Midland, Michigan is located mid-section of the Michigan mitt, near the
crook of the thumb.
Together, Saginaw, Midland and Bay City make up the area commonly referred to as
the Great Lakes Bay Region. As far as population numbers, Midland is the second largest of the
three cities. Saginaw is the largest; Bay City, the smallest.
Midland has evolved from an Indian village to the "City of Science and
Culture." If you visited Midland in the 1850s, you would have discovered riverbanks lined with Chippewa Indian Wikkiups, round huts made of
bent saplings covered with skins and bark. Perhaps you would have come across
an Indian man hunting or fishing while others worked crops of corn, squash, gourds,
and pumpkins. The 1,000 acres now known as the Chippewa Nature Center
originally were part of the 6,000 acres retained by the Chippewa Tribe under the 1819 Treaty
Following the era of Indian hunters, fishermen, and
white fur-traders were farmers and loggers. The second largest sawmill in the
Saginaw Valley was located in Midland. What is now Main Street began as a
series of businesses along a dirt road constructed of timber cut from surrounding forests.
Midland County was organized in 1850. By 1874,
the Flint and Pere Marquette Railroad extended through the heart of Midland to
Averill, three miles to the west. The City of Midland was incorporated in 1887.
In 1890, a young man named Herbert Henry Dow arrived in
Midland and subsequently founded The Dow Chemical Company. His success enabled
Midland to survive the end of the logging era and to grow to its present size.
Now the heart of Michigan’s technology basin, Midland is the global headquarters
of two Fortune 500 companies, Dow Chemical 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, emerging technologies, and a variety of entrepreneurial pursuits.