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Sturgis Michigan Provides Large-City Service in Small-Town Atmosphere
Just north of the Indiana border in St. Joseph County, the city of Sturgis is a thriving community surrounded by rich agricultural land, lakes, and rivers. A full-service municipality, Sturgis combines the conveniences of larger cities with a small-town atmosphere.
Established in 1896, Sturgis has long been recognized for one of its more unique and enduring services—electricity. In 2011, the city’s hydro-electric dam, located on the St. Joseph River, will celebrate its 100th anniversary. The dam, still in operation, provides the city with a green energy source that is responsible for generating a portion of the electricity sold by the city’s municipal electric utility to residents of Sturgis and the surrounding area.
The city is also able to offer residents unique cultural and recreation amenities. The Sturges-Young Civic Center and Auditorium, home to the final performance of jazz legend Duke Ellington, plays host to performing arts events from both nationally known and local artists as well as providing a location for community meetings and gatherings. The city’s Doyle Community Center offers year-round access to fitness and other recreation opportunities such as multi-use court space, an indoor track, exercise equipment, and a host of leagues and fitness classes.
Sturgis is proud to be home to several major manufacturers as well as a number of local entrepreneurs. The Sturgis community’s long-held entrepreneurial mindset is supported by city efforts such as the Business Development Team and participation in Michigan State University’s Creating Entrepreneurial Communities (CEC) Project. Development efforts are complemented by plentiful infrastructure, including access to major roads, close proximity to Interstate 80-90, and several ready-to-build industrial park properties.
Proud of its heritage, the city of Sturgis is also a forward-looking community. The city’s recent downtown streetscape project has given the central business district a fresh look and improved walkability in this vital economic area. The city has also worked collaboratively with area local governments in Michigan and Indiana to market and develop the interstate corridor along SR-9/M-66 as Fawn River Crossing.
A community with a bright past, present, and future, everyone is welcome to come experience Sturgis—a city where lighting the way is a tradition.