Blackman Charter Township Local Development Finance Authority

Jackson Technology Park SmartZone (SM)
Certified Business Park

Parcels adjacent to Technique, Inc., Chemetall, TAC Manufacturing, JSP International (formerly known as Maverick Industries and Kaneka Texas Corporation) and JSP Sheet Foam, LLC. on County Farm Road. Great location and great neighbors!

The Blackman Local Development Finance Authority (BLDFA) owns the 80 acre parcel south on County Farm Road. Services are at County Farm Road. The Township along with the BLDFA will work with companies for most types of development with new job creation and private investment. A majority of the property is within the SmartZone boundary. BLDFA Tax Increment Financing (TIF) captures taxes generated from new capital investment within the district, with the exception of 50 percent of school and debt millage. The TIF can be used for project-related public infrastructure improvements (i.e. road, water, sewer, site development); and to operate the Baker College Business Technology Center Incubator.


Technique Inc.

In the fall of 2013, Technique, Inc. announced they would be building a new 110,000 square foot facility in the Jackson Technology Park SmartZone, investing $12 Million, creating 25 new jobs, and retaining 50 jobs.


Chemtall U.S.

In late 2012, Chemetall U.S. held a Grand Opening for their new 200,000 square foot building. Chemetall consolidated 80 jobs to their new Jackson location. They invested $25 Million as a result. Click here to view the Chemetall Fact Sheet. Please take time to view the Chemetall Photo Gallery, courtesy of O’Harrow Construction Chemetall Photo Gallery as well as a great video of their new facility. Chemetall Grand Opening Video


Baker College

The Baker College Business Technology Center (BCBTC), known as the Smart Zone Incubator, is looking for tenants -Recently, Local Logic Media and Codian Robotics graduated from the Smart Zone Incubator. Currently, there are no tenants. Staff at The Enterprise Group administers the incubator on behalf of the BLDFA and Blackman Charter Township; in cooperation with Baker College. Please call The EG at 517-788-4455 for additional information or if you are interested in becoming a tenant.

Helpful Programs

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The Enterprise Group of Jackson (EG) Business Accelerator Program is an expedited business resource for Smart Zone tenants as well as other eligible businesses and is designed to expedite grant funding and other incentives.

The purpose of this venture capital program is to drive forward the new economy of Michigan, providing a path to funding and partnerships for the commercialization of new regionally-developed opportunities. Companies must be based in Michigan. The Fund will focus on seed and early stage venture capital investments in life science and technology companies.

Business Accelerator Program Information
Michigan Emerging Technologies Fund
Lean Rocket Lab Business Accelerator Six Month Newsletter


The InvestMichigan! Program is a series of Funds focused on generating strong returns for investors and growing the next generation of Michigan companies. In order to support companies at different stages of development, the Program offers three distinct investment vehicles.

Click here to view the investment vehicles:
Mezzanine Fund
Growth Capital Funds
Michigan Opportunities Fund

Helpful Links & Resources


FINAL 2017 Amended TIF and Development Plan No 5 
SIGNED 2022 EG-BLDFA Agreement
2020 Annual BLDFA TIF Report

Current documentation required by P.A. 57 is posted on this partner page, documentation since the Act’s inception of January 1, 2019 is available at the municipality, open to the public at 1990 Parnall Road, Jackson, MI 4901.

The BLDFA Board meets the third Wednesday every other month at 6:00 p.m. in the Blackman Charter Township Meeting Hall and via Zoom Meeting. The next BLDFA Board Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. If you need to reach BLDFA Staff – Alex Masten, Debbie Kelly, or Emily Cones, please call 517-788-4455.

Please note that if you are looking for a specific BLDFA document, those are housed at Blackman Charter Township for public viewing at 1990 W. Parnall Road, Jackson, MI 49201 or by calling 517-788-4345.