The County's central location is serviced by major highways, airports, rail and commercial ports, which contribute to maintenance of the strong diversification of the economic base. 54% percent of U.S. manufacturing and 65% of Canadian manufacturing are within 500 miles.
In 1986, Benton Harbor was designated as an Enterprise Zone in order to encourage business activity. The Enterprise Zone offers tax abatements and exemptions for commercial and industrial entrepreneurs. Benton Harbor has exquisitely developed the St. Joseph River waterfront as well as other areas to encourage the growth of the area. Benton Harbor offers the convenience of being located just off I-94 between Chicago and Detroit. The port city of Benton Harbor presents miles of Lake Michigan's soft, sandy shoreline for your enjoyment. The St. Joseph River also offers miles of scenic shoreline for fishing, boating, or just relaxing.