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Commerce & Nature Initiatives Meetings

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Date: March 26, 2007
Contact: Jim Northup, NPS, 906-387-2607, ext. 202
Contact: Bob Eslinger, Munising Area Partnership, 906-387-1818
Contact: Doug Bovin, City of Munising, 906-387-2095

This entrance sign at the City of Munising's boundaries includes a waterfall sketch and rope coil on a vertical log background.
Munising entrance sign
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Joint News Release

City of Munising, Michigan
Munising Area Partnership for Development, Inc.
ALTRAN Public Transportation System
National Park Service – Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Hiawatha National Forest – Munising District

Community Representatives Schedule
Special Meetings to Discuss
Commerce and Nature Initiatives

Organizational meetings have been scheduled for April 3 and 10 regarding two initiatives for the betterment of our community. The meetings are being facilitated by the group of community representatives that attended the “Balancing Commerce and Nature” workshop in Shepardstown West Virginia, in late January.

The first meeting will be held Tuesday, April 3, at 7 p.m. at the Alger County Historical Society on 1496 Washington Street in Munising. This meeting will be devoted to stimulating a more vibrant arts, crafts and cultural events economy in Munising and greater Alger County.

The second meeting will be held Tuesday, April 10, at 7 p.m. at the Mather Auditorium at 411 Elm Avenue in Munising. This meeting will be devoted to working together to identify and address a variety of aesthetic issues in Munising and greater Alger County.

Both meetings are open to agencies, organizations and individuals interested in working together on these initiatives. 

 “We heard two very powerful messages at this workshop” said Munising City Manager Doug Bovin. “One, that the economic vitality of gateway communities depends in very large part on how the approaches to and the downtown areas appear to visitors.  Second, we learned that displaying and marketing the talents of local artisans and hosting interesting cultural events has been vital to the success of many other gateway communities.”

“I believe we have a wonderful opportunity to make progress on both of these important initiatives,” said Bob Eslinger, Executive Director of the Munising Area Partnership for Economic Development. “This area is blessed with spectacular scenery, natural resources and recreational opportunities. If we can work together as a community to make the gateway areas known as attractive, interesting and vibrant destinations, it will really help our economy.”

“There is so much energy and talent in this community,” added Rochelle Cotey, Director of ALTRAN. “A lot of people I talk to are interesting in being a part of these initiatives, and we encourage everyone to come to one or both of these meetings. This is our community and it takes collective leadership to move us forward in positive directions.”

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore superintendent Jim Northup said, “I think it is fantastic that we are working together to discuss and address these issues and I hope there will be a strong turnout at both meetings. We need everyone’s ideas and contributions to make this a success.”

For more information, please contact:

Mr. Doug Bovin, City of Munising, Michigan, 387-2095
Ms. Teresa Chase, Hiawatha National Forest - Munising District, 387-2520, extension 14.
Ms. Rochelle Cotey, ALTRAN Public Transportation System, 387-4845
Mr. Bob Eslinger, Munising Area Partnership for Development, Inc, 387-1818
Mr. Jim NorthupMr. Gregg Bruff, National Park Service – Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, 387-2607, extension 202 and 208 respectively.

 
Alger Arts and Culture follow-up information

Devoted to stimulating a more vibrant arts, crafts and cultural events economy in Munising and greater Alger County.

Please contact Gregg Bruff (906-387-2607, ext. 208) for the next meeting date. Typically held on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m.

News release - March 26, 2007
Newsletter - April 4, 2007 (pdf)
Newsletter - April 18, 2007 (pdf)
Newsletter - May 16, 2007 (pdf)

 
Gateway Aesthetics follow-up information

Devoted to working together to identify and address a variety of aesthetic issues in Munising and greater Alger County.

Please contact Bob Eslinger (906-387-1818) for the next meeting date. Typically held on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m.

News release - March 26, 2007
Newsletter - April 12, 2007 (pdf)
Newsletter - April 25, 2007 (pdf)

 

Did You Know?

Lyndon B. Johnson being sworn in as President of the U.S. by Chief Justice Earl Warren as Lady Bird Johnson and Hubert Humphrey look on.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is America's first National Lakeshore, authorized on October 15, 1966. On the same day, President Lyndon B. Johnson also signed into law another piece of landmark legislation -- the National Historic Preservation Act. More...