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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.


Bear Creek Township
Networks Northwest is assisting Bear Creek Township with an update of their Master Plan. The Township has authorized the distribution of their Master Plan for review and comment. Click here for more information.
City of Cadillac
Networks Northwest is assisting the Cadillac community with a study of the M-115/M-55 corridor. Click here for more information.
City of McBain
Networks Northwest is assisting the City of McBain with its Master Plan update. The City recently authorized the distribution of their proposed Master Plan for review and comment. 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.

Wexford County

Networks Northwest assisted Wexford County with an update to the County Recreation Plan. Click here for more information.
Framework for Our Future:  A Regional Prosperity Plan for Northwest Michigan

The Framework for Our Future: A Regional Prosperity Plan for Northwest Michigan is a regional resource for communities working to meet local goals. The Framework was developed, with participation from a broad range of community leaders, stakeholders, and the public, as part of Michigan’s Regional Prosperity Initiative. It includes a wealth of information and tools that all parts of the community – the public, community leaders, businesses, nonprofits, public agencies, and statewide stakeholders – can use to supplement their local deliberation, planning, and decision-making processes. Click here for links to each of the Framework chapters, and for more information about RPI.



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.




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