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Networks Northwest is a 10-county public agency providing workforce development, economic development, and regional planning services in Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, and Wexford counties. 

Networks Northwest's Community Development department's goal is to be a planning resource, enabling and enhancing the region's ability to preserve and create high quality of life conditions. 

The Regional Planning Department will:

  • Actively encourage communication, coordination, and information dissemination in the region.
  • Provide technical assistance and education related to all aspects of planning - economic development, land use, transportation, watersheds, energy, environment, and housing - to empower local decision-making capabilities to improve quality of life in the region.
  • Provide a forum for discussion and coordinated planning for elected and appointed officials, staff, and public and private agencies, organizations, and institutions in the region.
  • Act as a neutral convener and administrator of regional initiatives and partnership programs.

Serving the collective vision and interests of communities in northwest Lower Michigan is the reason we are here.

Community Development Team

Sarah Lucas, AICP
Director of Community Development
(231) 929-5034

Elizabeth Calcutt
Community Planner
(231) 929-5048

John Sych, AICP
Community Planner
(231) 929-5083

Kathy Egan
Community Planner
(231) 929-5057

Michael Woods, AICP
Community Planner
(231) 929-5056


Northwest Michigan Works! is an essential resource for employers and job seekers in the Northern Michigan area.

Kathy Stuart, Michigan Rubber Products Human Resource Manager