In 2010, the township board voted to consolidate the oversight of two Downtown Development Authorities, The East DDA and the West DDA into one authority that also now is charged with overseeing economic development activities for the entire township, not just the two commercial strips on M-20 on the east and west sides of the community. The new Union Township Economic Development Authority (EDA) is charged with working with the Mid-Michigan Development Corporation (MMDC), the regional economic development agency on exploring economic development opportunities. In 2011 it is anticipated work will be concluded on an economic development plan that will include collaborative relationships with the city, county, Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, Central Michigan University and the MMDC.
When considering an economic development plan for a community one must be mindful of the amenities within its boundaries and the assets it has adjacent to its boundaries. Union Township has a land pattern of higher intensity uses such as commercial and industrial near the boarders of the City of Mt. Pleasant while residential and agricultural uses are in the outlying areas of the Township. Recreation and tourist attractions are scattered throughout the township and its adjacent neighborhoods. Most industrial property is in the eastern part of the township which allows for easy access to the expressway.
Commercial typically runs in strips near the highway, near a highway interchange, or on major streets such as Pickard, Remus, Bluegrass and Mission. Public and civic amenities such as township parks are mostly adjacent to the City or natural features.
Tourism opportunities in the Township tend to center around its parks, the Chippewa River, the amenities surrounding the Chippewa Indian Tribe, Central Michigan University, and events in and around the City of Mt. Pleasant. The Township and its neighbors have much to offer to attract tourists. This would include the Soaring Eagle Resort and Casino, the Soaring Eagle Water Park, The Ziibiwing Center, the Chippewa River, the proposed non-motorized bike paths, Central Michigan University Division I athletics, the proposed Children’s Discovery Museum, and excellent golf courses to name just a few.