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Lyon Township Economic Development works collaboratively with community partners to support businesses, create a diversified economy, and promote our natural and historic resources.

The purpose of Economic Development, in cooperation with Downtown Development,  is to alleviate and prevent conditions of unemployment, to assist and retain local industries and commercial businesses, to strengthen and revitalize the economy of Lyon Township, to provide means and methods to encourage and assist industrial and commercial enterprises in locating, purchasing, constructing, reconstructing, modernizing, improving, maintaining, repairing, furnishing, equipping, and expanding in Lyon Township as well as to encourage the location and expansion of commercial enterprises in the Downtown District of Lyon Township by providing needed services to the commercial businesses and residents.

Important Informatio
n for Restaurant/Food Establishments looking to construct a new building or to remodel or expand an existing location. 
To avoid timely and costly delays in the review process, food establishments should submit their plans to the Oakland County Food Division PRIOR to submitting to the Lyon Township Building Department.  Required forms and applicable fees for the subsequent items are available at the County Health- Food Division offices or on the following websites:

This helpful document provides a recap of the plan review process and a flow chart of items to complete BEFORE construction begins as well as follow-up items.    
Food Establishment Plan Review Process and Flow Chart


Why Michigan?   Presentation from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Link to the 34th Annual Oakland County Economic Outlook 2019-2021

Need for Economic Development

Economic development is about working together to maintain a strong economy, and by creating an environment where business can create and retail desirable jobs, thus providing a good standard of living for residents. 

Why Plan for Economic Development
To improve the economic well-being and quality of life for those in the community.
Ready - Organize & Analyze Vision, Assets and Liabilities
Aim - Establish goals, objectives and policies
Fire - Outline the strategies and programs to implement plan

Your competitive business edge is in Lyon Township! We offer the services of a larger community with all of the attributes of a small-town environment. One attribute is personalized service, which is most evident at the Township Hall, where officials and staff are readily available to meet your needs.

Lyon Township is the economic cornerstone of Southwest Oakland County, offering land and buildings for retail, industrial, and research development. Attractive residential neighborhoods provide a wide range of housing opportunities. The Township's distinction as the fastest growing Community in Oakland County is clear evidence of the community's broad appeal, which includes its proximity to many of the region's top assets:

  • Commuting distance to key cities in all directions, including Ann Arbor, Detroit, Flint, and Lansing
  • Minutes from Providence Park Hospital, Huron Valley Sinai Hospital, and University of Michigan Hospital, three of Michigan's top healthcare providers
  • Close to major universities, including the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, and Michigan State University, and other four-year colleges and universities and community colleges
  • 35-minute drive to Detroit Metropolitan Airport and Flint Bishop Airport
  • Convenient freeway access to business, industrial, and automotive headquarters in the region

Recognizing that time is of the essence for successful businesses, the Lyon Township Board of Trustees has made it their mission to remove time-consuming hurdles that get in the way of establishing a business. We strive to move your proposal through the approval process in a timely manner so you can get up and running sooner rather than later.

In addition to unique incentives, personalized service, buildable land, attractive neighborhoods, proximity to the region's top assets, and a pro business environment, Lyon Township also offers low taxes, excellent schools, and many recreation resources. Together, these assets serve to make Lyon Township a premier community in which to live, work, and play.

According to the U.S. Small Business Association (US-SBA), small businesses are the lifeblood of the American economy, employing about half of all private sector employees; generating between 60-80% of all new jobs over the last decade; and hiring about 40% of all high-tech employees, among other things. Small businesses are defined as those having fewer than 500 employees and $1 to $50 million in sales.

We have partnered with Oakland County Economic Development and Community Affairs to help business owners start, manage, and grow their businesses. Together, we assist local companies and those seeking to locate in Lyon Township through a wide range of state, county, and local resources. There are programs and services for everything from site location assistance and tax incentives to workforce development and financing.

Interested in learning more?  For more information, please contact:

Kathleen Jackson
Interim Coordinator
Lyon Township Economic Development
McKenna Associates
235 East Main Street, Suite 105
Northville, MI  48167


Office: 248-596-0920
Cell: 248-568-5505
Fax: 248-596-0930