Site Search

Current Projects

Public Meetings During COVID-19

During the COVID-19 outbreak, the rules for public meetings are changing swiftly. Networks Northwest, in partnership with MSU Extension, recorded a video that provides critical information for any public meeting that cannot be postponed, while allowing the public and the press an opportunity to hear and be heard. The video includes options and best practices for remote meetings, meeting prohibitions, and additional resources. The information in the video is valid through April 13, 2020, or until Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders are modified, expire, or are replaced with a new order.

Click on the link below to view the video.

Public Meetings During COVID-19


Census 2020

Networks Northwest, in partnership with the Michigan NonProfit Association, is supporting local efforts for a complete and accurate count and to promote census and civic participation throughout our 10 County Region. Click here for more information.


Almira Township Master Plan
Networks Northwest is assisting Almira Township with an update of their Master Plan.  Click here for more information.
Bingham Township Master Plan
Networks Northwest is assisting Bingham Township with a rewrite of their Master Plan.  Click here for more information.
City of Frankfort
Networks Northwest is assisting the City of Frankfort with an update of its Recreation Master Plan. Click here for more information.
Manistee County-Wide Parks and Recreation Plan
Networks Northwest is assisting Manistee County and all Townships, Villages, and Cities in Manistee County with an update to their County-Wide Parks and Recreation Plan. Click here for more information.

Community Growth Grants

As part of the Community Growth grant program that is made possible through Michigan's Regional Prosperity Initiative, Networks Northwest offered a new grant opportunity in 2018 for local units of government in the ten-county region of Northwest Michigan. Financial assistance grants of up to $25,000 were available on a competitive basis to city, village, township, and county governments from the ten-county (Networks Northwest/Prosperity Region #2) region for projects that implement strategies included in locally or regionally adopted plans.  The application period has ended. Grant awards were announced in October 2018.

Recent Projects


Mancelona Area

Networks Northwest assisted the Village of Mancelona and Mancelona Township with the development of a community Master Plan and Recreation Plan. Click here for more information about the master planning process, and here for the recreation planning process.
The Missaukee County Board of Commissioners developed a strategic plan with assistance from Networks Northwest. The Plan is intended to guide decision-making and move the County towards its vision of a vibrant, prosperous community. Click here to view the Missaukee County Strategic Plan.

Village of Kalkaska Master Plan
The Village of Kalkaska Planning Commission created a master plan to guide future development according to the community’s priorities. The Master Plan was developed in collaboration with the Kalkaska Downtown Development Authority (DDA), the Kalkaska County Library (Library), and Kalkaska County Parks and Recreation, with assistance from Networks Northwest. Click here to view the Village of Kalkaska Master Plan.
Seasonal Economy Summit
On December 3, 2018, Networks Northwest hosted local units of government and community leaders from around Northwest Michigan for discussions addressing the region's seasonal economy. Click here for presentations and other resources from the event.




Our Township greatly benefits from Network Northwest's experience, depth of knowledge and understanding. Because they work with so many diverse communities in our ten-county region they understand the local land-use issues and are already working on solutions by the time we realize we need some help.

Susan Odom, Chair, Suttons Bay Township Planning Commission