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U.P. communities use MEDC revitalization tools

While the Upper Peninsula is widely known for its unlimited outdoor recreational opportunities, it also features dynamic communities which are home to vibrant cities and villages that attract business and recreation, as well as workers, students, tourists, and residents, like Houghton and Hancock. Communities across the Upper Peninsula are proactively investing in themselves by addressing local needs while becoming a place that attracts business and visitors alike with support and technical assistance from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

Beyond its traditional incentive assistance, two MEDC programs are providing technical assistance to revitalization efforts across the U.P.—Michigan Main Street and Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC). While Sault Ste. Marie is the only Michigan Main Street Community in the U.P., three communities are RRC Certified Communities—Bessemer, Houghton, and Marquette—and 24 communities are RRC engaged, including Calumet, Chassell Township, Clark Township, Escanaba, Gladstone, Hancock, Iron Mountain, Iron River, Ironwood, Ishpeming, Lake Linden, L’Anse, Laurium, Manistique, Menominee, Michigamme Township, Munising, Negaunee, Newberry, Norway, Ontonagon, Sault Ste. Marie, St. Ignace, and Wakefield. Read more here.

As a part of our commitment to the Upper Peninsula, we collaborate with partners to share some of the most compelling stories about business and job growth across the region. Our goal through these stories is to get at the heart of what makes the U.P. unique — and to ensure these stories travel beyond our peninsula and broadly illustrate why the UP is the place to live and work.

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