New Study Analyzes Impact of US-127 on Safety and Economic Development in Mid-Michigan

MT. PLEASANT, MI, February 5, 2018– According to a new study released by Middle Michigan Development Corporation (MMDC) and Greater Gratiot Development, Inc. (GGDI), upgrading the current 16-mile limited-access highway gap between Ithaca and St. Johns may result in safer travel, reduced cost for local businesses and improved business attraction to the region.

"This study allowed us to take first steps towards objectively analyzing the impact this stretch of US-127 has on Clare, Gratiot, Isabella and Clinton counties,” states MMDC President and CEO James McBryde. “This study will allow us to begin a conversation with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) that addresses the everyday challenges this 16-mile stretch of US-127 imposes on the businesses, organizations and people we work with and represent."

Middle Michigan Development Corporation and Greater Gratiot Development, Inc. received grant funding from the Regional Prosperity Initiative Mini-Grant Program, administered by East Michigan Council of Governments (EMCOG), a federally designated development district for 14 counties of East Central Michigan to support the commission and completion of a comprehensive study of the 16-mile stretch on US-127.

If you would like more information about this topic or a copy of the study to review, please contact either James McBryde at (989) 772-2858 or email at or James E. Wheeler at (989) 875-2083 or email at

Bryan GillettComment