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Site Updated 2.8.2008

Gogebic County Renaissance Zone

Bordering Wisconsin, Gogebic County is Michigan's most northwestern county. Its more recent economy is built around the sectors that focus on forest-based recreation such as hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and Nordic skiing, along with the harvesting of trees for conversion into traditional solid wood products and wood fiber for paper pulp. A majority of the county is within the boundaries of the Ottawa National Forest. The county, because of its topography and proximity to Lake Superior, support a major Midwest ski resort industry and a growing Indian gaming facility. A third significant economic activity is non-forest related manufacturing, which includes such industries as precision tools, plastic injection molding and industrial sewing.

Over 1500 acres of Gogebic County has been reserved in five different locations to serve as Renaissance Zones. By 2007, 10 companies have taken advantage of the tax-free incentives that these areas offer.

Gogebic County Subzones

Ironwood Township Renaissance Zone

Wakefield Township Renaissance Zone

Wakefield City Renaissance Zone (incentives until 2017)

  • Meinke Construction, Inc.
  • Randall's Body & Customizing
  • C. J. Misky Trucking, Inc.

Bessemer City Renaissance Zone (incentives until 2017)

  • Hellman Construction
  • Koski's Collision & Custom Center
  • Johnson Motor Sports
  • Vacant spec building

Marensico Township Renaissance Zone

  • Farb Corporation
  • Cold storage

For more information please contact:

Gogebic County Renaissance Zone
Patrick Merrill - Economic Development Director
Gogebic Community College
E-4946 Jackson Road
Ironwood, Michigan 49938

Office: 906.932.2090
Fax: 906.932.2129 fax


Ironwood Township Renaissance Zone
Richard Estola - Ironwood Township Supervisor
N 10892 Lake Road
Ironwood MI 49938

Office: 906.932.5800
Fax: 906.932.5745 fax

Wakefield Township Renaissance Zone
John Cox-Wakefield Township Supervisor
PO Box 164
Wakefield MI 49968

Office: 906.224.8551
Home: 906.224.3721
Fax: 906.229.5278

Wakefield City Renaissance Zone
John Siira - Wakefield City Manager
311 Sunday Lake Street
Wakefield MI 49968

Office: 906.229.5131
Fax: 906.229.5331

Bessemer City Renaissance Zone
Bessemer City Manager
411 S. Sophie
Bessemer MI 49911

Office: 906.663.4311
Fax: 906.667.0467

Marensico Township Renaissance Zone
Robert Raisanen - Marenisco Township Supervisor
PO Box 198
Marenisco MI 49947

Office: 906.787.2463
Fax: 906.787.2244