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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. 

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

The Community Development 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 the 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

Robert Carson, AICP
Community Development Regional Director
(231) 929-5057
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Barry Hicks, AICP
MPO Program Manager
(231) 929.5082
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Mathew Cooke, M.P.A.
Community Planner
(231) 929-5056
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Zach Vega, AICP
Community Planner
(231) 929-5048
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Stephanie Marchbanks
Community Planner
(231) 439-5247
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Isha Pithwa
Transportation Planner
(231) 492-8196
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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