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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
sarah.lucas@networksnorthwest.org


Elizabeth Calcutt
Community Planner
(231) 929-5048
elizabeth.calcutt@networksnorthwest.org
 

John Sych, AICP
Community Planner
(231) 929-5083
john.sych@networksnorthwest.org
 

Kathy Egan
Community Planner
(231) 929-5057
kathy.egan@networksnorthwest.org
 

Michael Woods, AICP
Community Planner
(231) 929-5056
michael.woods@networksnorthwest.org

Testimonial

Networks Northwest always proves to be a valued resource for our local government planning efforts. No organization does a better job of convening partners, promoting collaboration, and reporting on the data than does Networks Northwest

Ty Wessell, Leelanau County Commissioner