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'TIS THE SEASON: Planning for Northwest Michigan's Seasonal Economy

December 3, 2018 in Traverse City: Traffic, population, service demands, business activity, agriculture: in Northwest Michigan, it all depends on the season. With an economy that has long been tied to agriculture and tourism, communities throughout the region are profoundly impacted by seasonal activity. Join local units of government and community leaders on December 3, 2018 for regional discussions addressing:

  • How can we plan for large seasonal populations on small year-round budgets?
  • How do we accommodate ever-fluctuating needs for workforce housing, transportation, and public safety?
  • What are the costs, benefits, and impacts of tourism and a seasonal economy?

Click here for more information and registration. 

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.

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 is assisting the Village of Mancelona and Mancelona Township with the development on a community Master Plan. Click here for more information. 

Village of Elberta

Networks Northwest is assisting the Village of Elberta with its Master Plan update. The Village recently authorized distribution of their proposed Master Plan for review and comment. Click here for more information.

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 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.







Northwest Michigan Works! is an essential resource for employers and job seekers in the Northern Michigan area.

Kathy Stuart, Michigan Rubber Products Human Resource Manager