President & CEO's Message
I routinely get asked from people in our community who Bay Future is and what is it that Bay Future does. I am always happy to answer and discuss with them what that means and how it affects them and our community. 
 
Our organization focuses on four main pillars: Retention, Expansion, Attraction, and Marketing.
 
Retaining the companies that are in our community is a foundational and vital part of our economic development efforts. In the same vein, we help support the companies that are already here invest additional dollars in new machinery and equipment, expand their facilities, and expand their workforce, fostering their commitment and investment grow and support additional growth in our community. 
 
Bay Future, Inc. meets with approximately 100 existing businesses on an annual basis bringing resources and programs to these companies that assist their operations in a variety of ways including; finance, incentives, site location assistance, workforce and regulatory issues, government contracting, matchmaking, export assistance, and more . We know companies that are already invested, tax paying, job creating engines for our local economy purchase locally sourced resources, services, and products, all while utilizing the local workforce to do so. They are shareholders and leaders in our community invested in its growth. These meetings provide great insight for us to learn about the challenges and opportunities facing local companies, and help to reduce barriers and support those jobs and new investment from their growth.
 
Attracting targeted companies is the other side of the coin in looking at economic sustainability and growth in our community. If there were additional vendor, client, supplier, buyer, matchmaking opportunities you could take advantage of, in a closer radial proximity, saving time and cost on procuring or distributing those resources and materials, would that be of benefit to you and your company? Of course! That is why our attraction efforts are focused specifically on targeted industries that make sense to our community: Agribusiness , Advanced Manufacturing Warehousing/Distribution/Logistics , Medical Device Manufacturing , Data Centers/Call Centers/IT/Back Office Solutions .
 
Those efforts, along with the marketing efforts we undergo internally, allow us to broadcast our story throughout our community, the state of Michigan, the Midwest, and the world. From vending at national and international trade shows, to advertising in nationally leading periodicals for business and industry, coordination of groundbreakings, and supporting local initiatives like Route Bay City , these efforts not only help us build brand recognition to business and industry outside our front door, but also brings additional understanding to our community about economic development, Bay Future, and the wonderful assets our community has to offer.
 
I am proud of our community, I am proud of our workforce, and I am proud of the current (and future) companies that call us, “Home”.
 
-Trevor Keyes, EDFP
President & CEO
Bay Future, Inc.
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February 8 th , Bay County welcomed Falcon Asphalt Repair Equipment to the community at a Ribbon Cutting hosted for local leaders, employees, and their families!

Falcon Asphalt Repair Equipment sells and supports a full line of asphalt hot boxes and recyclers worldwide providing solutions for pothole repairs and other damaged asphalt surfaces. Falcon dealers and customers have access to industry-leading products and best-in-class aftermarket support. They have built a new 50,000+ sf facility to address their continued growth, bringing with them 50+ jobs to Bay County.

Bay Future, Inc. has been working with Falcon for a year and a half to help retain them in the Great Lakes Bay Region. We worked with them through the site selection process, with Williams Twp. on the site plan approval process, and with the Bay County Road Commission, Great Lakes Bay MI Works!, Michigan Department of Transportation , and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to identify incentives, training, and business development programs that have already proven to be beneficial for the company. 

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Investor Spotlight
Gougeon Brothers, Inc.
Gougeon Brothers, Inc. (GBI), the leading formulator and manufacturer of epoxies, celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019. Gougeon serves the high-end composite, boatbuilding, boat repair, and board-sports industries. Their customer technical support is unparalleled. The company is ISO:2015 certified, requiring all of its epoxies to be manufactured under rigorous standards that ensure consistent high quality and performance. Marine and composites educators, designers and manufacturers consider GBI epoxies—West System ® , Pro-Set ® , and bio-based Entropy Resins ® —the gold standard in their respective markets. 
“We’re an employee-owned company. Each member of our staff is invested in client success and satisfaction. That’s crucial to our business philosophy. We’re enthusiastic about our customers’ projects—whether they’re hobbyists, boat construction or repair yards, major manufacturers, or rocket scientists,” company President Alan Gurski said.
“We believe in hiring people who are smart, hard-working and internally cooperative,” Gurski added. “We provide our employees opportunities for growth, and prefer to promote from within the company.”
GBI has been employee-owned since 1983. In addition to salary or wages, employees earn stock in the company and enjoy regular dividends and profit sharing. The company also provides paid sabbaticals to full-time employees every third year and covers tuition for those furthering their educations. The firm employs around 50 people full time. Most who’ve parted ways with the company have retired after decades of service.
Members of the Gougeon family have always managed the company. Gurski is the late Meade Gougeon’s son-in-law. Never content to rest on the laurels of its early successes, GBI continues to take product quality, business sustainability, and market growth seriously.
With an eye toward environmental responsibility, in 2018 GBI acquired Entropy Resins, a small, bio-based epoxy popular in the board sports industry. They’ve also undertaken a joint venture with HF Industri & Marine ApS to provide affordable, accessible PRO-VAC vacuum consumables to composites manufacturers in North America.
The enterprise has a tradition of generosity toward students and educators in the marine and composites industries. A dozen accredited schools and universities with composites or boat building programs receive an annual credit for epoxy purchases and special pricing. Hundreds of students and teachers avail themselves of GBI’s Educational Support Program pricing as well. GBI also funded a scholarship for Minnesota’s Winona State University composites program in the name of GBI technical advisor and WSU program graduate Michael A. Barnard, who passed away in 2017.
The Gougeon Employee Foundations donates thousands of dollars annually to fund local initiatives. The company also donates 1% of Entropy Resins sales to environmental initiatives through 1% For The Planet (www.onepercentfortheplanet.org), a global network of businesses, nonprofits, and individuals working together for a healthy planet. 
Contenders for the America’s Cup have repeatedly turned to GBI for technical expertise and PRO-SET epoxies in developing state-of-the-art sailboats for this venerated contest. Both USA-based America’s Cup challengers, the New York Yacht Club’s American Magic and the Long Beach Yacht Club’s Stars & Stripes , have retained PRO-SET as their official epoxy supplier. PRO-SET was also an official technical supplier to ORACLE TEAM USA, the defending champion in the 2017 series.
Brothers Meade, Joel, and Jan Gougeon founded the company in 1969 in Bay City, Michigan. They started out building sailboats and iceboats, experimenting with adding diluents to epoxies. They pioneered the use of epoxies for marine bonding and coating with their flagship WEST SYSTEM brand, now distributed at thousands of marine chandleries worldwide. The brothers innovated cold-molded construction methods, and in the late 1970s published their popular textbook, The Gougeon Brothers on Boat Construction.
“We look forward to serving our industries and customers for the next 50 years,” Gurski said.
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