Life in the Middle of the Mitten

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     Founded 160 years ago, Gratiot County is located in the middle of Michigan's lower-peninsula. Gratiot County is a perfect blend of Michigan's commercial and industrial elements from the south and the rural, recreational features of the north, ensuring a superior quality of life.
     Gratiot County is a leading producer of dry beans, sugar beets, corn wheat, oats, poultry, pork, beef and dairy products. Approximately 80% of Gratiot County's land is used in agriculture. Currently, there is a very strong agri-business sector growing in our regional economy.
     Gratiot County is also home to many manufacturing companies. Products manufactured here include pontoon boats, molded plastic parts, aircraft engine parts, auto parts, custom machines, and many fabricated and machined products large and small. Gratiot County's diverse industry base provides numerous job opportunities and a stable economy.
     Gratiot County has an excellent health care system as well as two correctional facilities that increase the employment opportunities for its citizens. Recently, Gratiot County has realized significant new investment from the alternative energy industry. It is home to two wind farms: Gratiot County Wind, LLC (Michigan's largest wind farm) with 133 turbines, and Beebe Renewable Energy, LLC with 55 turbines.
     Throughout the county, there are many different types of recreational activities to take part in. These include three state game areas, the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail (bicycle rail trail), as well as multiple county parks used for camping, swimming, and hiking. Gratiot County is also home to Alma College, an acclaimed private liberal arts college with 1,400 students, a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio, and an average incoming freshman GPA of 3.5. They have an 80% retention rate, and 70% of the classes have less than 20 students. Gratiot County is looking to the future and expanding upon the history and culture that have made it a wonderful place to work, live, and play generation after generation.
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