Come Discover One of Lapeer County's Best Kept Secrets!
Founded in 1833, Almont is the sixth oldest village in the State of Michigan. Originally called Newburg, the Village was incorporated in 1855 under their new name of Almont in honor of a Mexican diplomat and ambassador named General Juan V. Almonte. The historic roots of this charming community create the foundation for a unique downtown.
Nestled among rolling fields and neighboring woods - Almont offers a unique blend of country living with all the modern conveniences needed to attract today's urban professionals and businesses. Conveniently located on M-53, Almont is easily accessible from M-59 and I-69. Known for our friendly atmosphere and strong sense of community pride, visitors will discover that Almont is a community where neighbors take care of neighbors and everyone is willing to share a ready smile, story or helping hand.
Experience what others already have. Downtown Almont offers something for everyone. From gourmet coffee and specialty shops to fresh locally grown plants and produce - Almont truly is unique.
Designed by Hamilton Anderson Associates, the Almont Fountain Park is winner of the American Society of Landscape Architects Merit Award for 2006. It has also been recognized with a 2006 Merit Award from the Michigan Industry and Landscape Association (MNLA) Industry Awards Program.
Redevelopment of this key corner location into a public gathering space serves to attract residents and visitors to our downtown.
Almont Historical Walking Tour
If buildings could speak, what stories they could tell!Why not take some time to stroll downtown and learn some of the rich history attached to Almont’s historic structures.The Almont DDA has recently published the first edition of a “Historical Walking Tour” brochure.Created in partnership with the Almont Community Historical Society, this brochure highlights eight buildings with narrative and past/present photos.Visualize what it was like in the late 1800’s when carriages were the mode of transportation and board sidewalks kept people off the muddy road.Sometimes an imagination is what it takes to see a building in how it used to be while other times it appears as if time has stood still.
Generous funding from the Four County Community Foundation has helped to provide signs which are attached to each of the properties.This allows those without a brochure to experience history as they visit our downtown.
This self-guided tour will be sure to inform and surprise you while preserving some of the rich history of Almont.Brochures are available at the Almont Downtown Development Authority Office, the Village of Almont offices and from the Almont Community Historical Society.
Connecting Lapeer, Macomb, Oakland and St. Clair Counties
Village of Almont Designated a Best Practices Community
UM-Dearborn’s iLabs’ eCities research recognizes the Village of Almont for developing a positive entrepreneurial climate
Almont is one of six communities across the state of Michigan identified for the strategies they employ to foster entrepreneurial growth and economic development, according to the annual eCities study. The study, conducted by iLabs, University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Center for Innovation Research, identified the Village of Almont, Delta Charter Township, City of Madison Heights, City of Midland, City of Saline and City of Sault Ste. Marie for their incentives, innovative programs and best practices geared toward business development
“We are thrilled that the local partnerships we have fostered, regional cooperative efforts and placemaking initiatives have allowed the Village of Almont to be recognized as a Best Practices Community.For a small town, we have worked hard to be pro-active in utilizing all the economic development tool available to us and it is apparent that it has made a difference.We have been successful in attracting new businesses to our downtown, promoting building improvements and assisting our local manufacturers by providing modern infrastructure improvements needed to compete in a global marketplace. Combined with an outstanding quality of life, these efforts create the Almont Advantage and make us a destination of choice,” said Nancy Boxey, Director, Almont Downtown Development Authority.
As part of the award recognition, the eCities team created a local Almont Video which highlights some of our local companies that have chosen Almont as their location of choice.Each of these local businesses has made significant investments in building improvements/expansion, capital and employees.They embody the importance and contributions that small, local businesses provide to a community and represent a sample of the broader vibrancy happening in Almont.Almont is a community that is truly Growing in the Right Direction.
“eCities highlights how local governments from across Michigan are growing their communities and supporting businesses. Being a university, we want to share the successes and educate about the best practices that can be used by other communities in the state,” said Tim Davis, director, iLabs.
The eCities research surveyed 83 communities from 30 counties in Michigan that are home to 26 percent of Michigan residents and 33 percent of its college graduates. These communities count nearly one quarter of the state’s entrepreneurs with over $2.6 billion in self-employed income as residents. These communities also had more than $12.3 billion in 2013 commercial construction and account for more than 31 percent of Michigan’s commercial property.
“We are seeing the nature of economic development evolving, and eCities is a tool to help local governments demonstrate their role in the changing economy. These governments are supporting unique and innovative efforts locally, while collaborating regionally to help Michigan business compete in an ever-changing business climate,” Davis said.
The communities were honored on, Thursday, November 13, at UM-Dearborn. Support for eCities is provided in part by the DTE Energy Foundation, Miller Canfield, Oakland County Economic Development and Community Affairs and UM-Dearborn’s College of Business.
The annual eCities research project, which began in 2007, uses data supplied by the participants, as well as other public records to assemble a six-factor, 32-item index of entrepreneurial activity, looking at such factors as clustering, incentives, growth, policies, community and education. The study focuses on entrepreneurship because of its importance to expansion and diversification of Michigan’s regional economies and the impact small businesses have on job creation. To date, 197 communities across Michigan have participated in the study.