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Imlay City, located at the intersection I-69 and M-53 (the "Gateway to the Thumb" area of Michigan), was named after William Imlay, an eastern seaboard businessman who moved to the area in 1828. The village was settled in 1870 when the construction of the Port Huron and Lake Michigan Railway was completed. The chief engineer of the railroad, Charles Palmer, selected Imlay City as a likely produce market between Lapeer and Capac. He then purchased 240 acres of land which he surveyed and platted. Since the township was called Imlay, he decided to name this site Imlay City.

The city celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1970. Also in that year a change was made from a village to a home rule city form of government. Today, this eastern Lapeer County community is home to several farming operations, the Eastern Michigan Fair, commercial facilities and industries. The city is continuing to grow and prosper as many people move into the area. The area surrounding Imlay City is rich with agricultural history. Many businesses and industries have seen the potential for this area and have located here. Imlay City has retained the best features of a small town, with an excellent educational system and a friendliness that has remained constant through the years.

Imlay City’s attitude toward growth is both progressive and flexible, reflected in its real estate, and personal property and business tax rates. It is also reflected in its policies, programs, and municipal services.

Imlay City is home to specialty shops, restaurants, hotels and professional offices. Our friendly, hometown spirit has made this area a thriving community. The camaraderie of our people, the diversity of our neighborhoods and our commitment to quality of life have made Imlay City an excellent place to raise a family and a great community in which to do business.


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Government Imlay City has a home rule charter form of government which was put into operation in December 29, 1970. The governing body of the City is made up of seven commission members, one of whom is elected by the commission as city mayor. Commissioners are elected on a staggered basis, with the three candidates receiving the highest number of votes elected for a four year term, and the candidate receiving the fourth highest number of the votes elected for a term of two years. The city manager, hired by the commission, is the chief administrator.

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The mission of Imlay City Community Schools is to continuously develop a learning system committed to EXCELLENCE whereby all students achieve the highest quality of learning beyond their expectations.

WE BELIEVE... • Excellence is worth the investment. • Learning is lifelong. • The basic values of honesty, good citizenship, integrity and respect for others are essential to becoming a productive citizen in a democracy. • Individual differences are

respected. • The partnership between school and community is essential for all to become lifelong learners. • We serve others’ best by offering our best.

The area’s economic, industrial, and residential growth has given the Imlay City Community School District to the opportunity provide outstanding academic and extracurricular programs. The District’s location in Lapeer County on Interstate 69, 35 miles east of Flint, 35 miles west of Port Huron, and 50 miles north of Detroit, allows


educational programs to incorporate many cultural and fine arts activities.

Opportunities for academically talented students to enroll in college and/or a university are offered through St. Clair County Community College, Mott Community College, Baker College, the University of Michigan-Flint, and Oakland University.

The Imlay City Community Schools offer the best educational facilities in the area. Programs are provided for children in preschool through grade 12. In addition, Imlay City Community Schools is a satellite campus for St. Clair Community College, where a variety of evening classes for high school students and adults are offered. Advanced placement classes are available through the Lapeer Interactive Television Educational System, which links high school classrooms from all Lapeer County schools.

Classes using technologically active learning are available for all students, kindergarten through grade 12. All school buildings have learning laboratories with advanced applications, and visual basic offered at the high school level.

Public Act 25 of 1990 initiated the school improvement process in the Imlay City Community School District. Through committee input and needs surveys, goals for the district and buildings were established. Since 1990, staff, students, parents, and community members have worked together to achieve these goals.

It is with pride that the community, parents, and staff of the Imlay City Community Schools offer students modern facilities, technology enriched curriculum, a variety of fine arts and cultural opportunities, and recreational activities.

For additional information about the Imlay City Community Schools visit their web site at imlay.imlay.k12.mi.us.

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Through the generous bequest of $1,600,000 from Zola Steele Lamb and husband Scott Lamb, their dream of establishing a senior citizens facility or hospital complex became a reality in 1986. The Lamb/Steele Memorial Building, situated on approximately 2.4 acres on the corner of Third Street and North Cedar, houses the Department of Senior Activities and the Imlay City Health Center. The upper level of the two-story, 20,000-sq. ft. building houses the senior center and offers such services as meals on wheels, lunch programs, and recreational facilities. A medical clinic on the lower level serves residents of Imlay City and the surrounding area.

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Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Imlay City Area Chamber of Commerce to promote economic development and civic pride by providing business leadership and professional resources for the betterment of our community.

The Imlay City Area Chamber of Commerce fully supports advancement in commercial, industrial, agricultural, professional, civic and general interest of the City of Imlay City and its trade area.

The chamber preserves the competitive enterprises system of business, creating a better understanding and appreciation of the importance of the businessperson and a concern to solve common problems in a spirit of good will. We help to promote Imlay City and keep it a good place to work and live.

The Imlay City Area Chamber of Commerce actively participates in numerous community events. Visitors, new residents and businesses seeking information about the city are always welcomed throughout the year.

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