Welcome to the Sault Tribe EDC
The Sault Tribe’s non-gaming, enterprise-based economy supports funding for Tribal citizen services, providing revenue for health, education, social services, transportation and other tribal programs. The Sault Tribe EDC is helping to improve the business and financial climate for both tribal citizens and the 7 county service area region of the Upper Peninsula, creating livelihoods and careers that benefit families and communities.
Property Management was the first arm of the EDC’s three tier structure to be developed. Sault Tribe Real Estate provides prudent property management, timely and effective acquisition and disposition, and fiscally and socially responsible development of the Sault Tribe’s Real Property Assets. The Real Estate Office is the Official recorder of all Tribal Land Holdings.
The second economic development arm to take shape was the Sault Tribe EDC’s Commercial Development tier. Commercial Development oversees all non-gaming Sault Tribe Enterprises wholly owned by the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians. The Sault Tribe EDC has seen recent growth in this portfolio, with new businesses acquired, startups launched, in addition to traditional tribal business operations.
The third arm to develop under the Sault Tribe EDC was the Business Development tier. The business development branch was first created to provide business support to Sault Tribe citizen-owned businesses. As the Sault Tribe EDC activities have progressed, it became apparent that with a nation of more than 44,000 Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians citizens, many entrepreneurs and business owners already existed worldwide.
We envision a vibrant, self-sustaining tribal community. Our mission is to enhance the economy and improve the quality of life for the citizens of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians by providing sound business development investment, operations and infrastructure development, and by creating a strong business environment that enables the Sault Tribe to provide support as a regional economic development driver.
Our primary objectives include
Strategically build tribal land base
Create infrastructure and opportunities for Tribal member owned businesses
Diversify revenue streams
Increase enterprise tax revenue
Increase retained earnings/EBTIDA