Thursday, January 17, 2002
Team Travels to Dickinson County in January
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Community Assistance Team (CAT) Team has been invited to spearhead a cooperative community assessment of the Dickinson County region January 23 and 24.This in-depth community assessment will require the team to spend two days analyzing the region’s strengths and weaknesses in order to formulate an action report for smart, managed growth.
“The Dickinson County region should be commended for their fine example of collaboration,” said Doug Rothwell, president & CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.“By working together and opening door for CAT to conduct a community assessment, they are taking a progressive approach to ensuring their future economic vitality.”
The MEDC will partner with the Dickinson Area Partnership, Michigan State Housing and Development Authority (MSHDA) and the Michigan State University Extension a to perform the two-day assessment.A local taskforce of business owners,elected officials, city administrators and private citizens has been formed to address the region’s development issues from their own perspective.
Among the categories to be examined by the CAT team and the task force are infrastructure, health care (as an economic development engine), tourism, downtown development, industry, housing, and worker recruitment.A series of interviews will be conducted by the CAT team during the two-day visit to gather information.High school students will also be interviewed to offer their unique perspective on how to strengthen the vitality of the region and how to make it a place where they would consider living and working in the long-term.
The highlight of the visit will be the community wide meeting held at the Premier Center in Iron Mountain on January 24 at 7pm.Residents of the entire region are encouraged to participate and share their views with the regional task force and members of the CAT team.
“The regional cooperation in pulling the community assessment together has been outstanding,” said Todd Gustafson, executive director of the Dickinson County Area Chamber of Commerce.“Collaboration is the key to the long-term goals of this community. “
A report will be issued by the CAT Team using the input and data gathered within 30 days of completing the community assessment.A town hall meeting will be held in late February to unveil the report and help identify planning goals for the region.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a partnership between the state and local communities, promotes smart economic growth by developing strategies and providing services to create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life.