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Updated Benchmarks Northwest Regional Guidebook Released

Networks Northwest has updated a citizen and policy makers' guide to assess and monitor community issues throughout the region. Benchmarks Northwest provides easy access to a diverse variety of indicators related to quality of life in northwest Lower Michigan.  

“Data are an important part of decision-making. They provide individuals, non-profits, businesses, and local units of government indicators relevant to their operations, interests and goals,” said Matt McCauley, Chief Executive Officer at Networks Northwest. 

Users of the new guidebook will have a snapshot of the region’s important economic indicators.  Additionally, the guidebook provides county level snapshots. An electronic copy of the guide is available at

"Any one individual or organization would have to invest a large amount of time and effort to compile the information they'll find in one location with Benchmarks Northwest,” said McCauley. “Regional data are important to businesses and organizations when they're working on grant applications, annual reports, or developing business strategies.” 

Benchmarks Northwest primarily sources data that are publicly available and are regularly updated. You can access the guidebook and all other Benchmarks Northwest data resources on the Networks Northwest website at

For more information, please contact Matt McCauley at Networks Northwest at 929-5000 or



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