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Planning for Marijuana
Thinking about Zoning for Recreational or Medical Marijuana and not sure where to start? If you need more information and are wondering how to productively engage the public on this contentious issue, don’t miss this training opportunity.  Click here for more info

June 18 - Charlevoix City Hall

June 19 - Manistee City Hall

June 24 - Traverse City Michigan Works


Antrim County
Networks Northwest is assisting Antrim County with a study of the County's facilities. 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 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.

Mancelona Area

Networks Northwest assisted the Village of Mancelona and Mancelona Township with the development on a community Master Plan and Recreation Plan. Click here for more information about the master planning process, and here for the recreation planning process. 

Wexford County

Networks Northwest is assisting 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

Missaukee County Strategic Plan

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 Elberta

Networks Northwest assisted the Village of Elberta with its Master Plan update. Click here for more information.

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.




The professionals at Networks Northwest help our City Council, Planning Commission, and staff make thoughtful decisions to ensure our community is sustainable and resilient for many years to come.

Mark Heydlauff, Charlevoix City Manager