LSCP marks 20 years

MARQUETTE — The Lake Superior Community Partnership hosted its annual dinner Thursday evening celebrating 20 years of economic development in Northern Michigan University’s Great Lakes Rooms.

It was a great opportunity for networking with wonderful food, bucket raffles, a silent auction and a photo booth. LSCP staff members, board of directors and committee members of the past and present came out to celebrate along with other business figures in the community.

The organization has come a long way. Amy Clickner, CEO of the LSCP, started out as the group’s sole employee two decades ago. Clickner spoke at the event, reminiscing about the past.

“I can’t believe it’s been 20 years, but I mostly feel proud of what we accomplished and humbled that I’ve been able to be a part of it all and excited for what the next step is,” Clickner said.

The evening featured a video presentation that highlighted the last two decades of the LSCP’s accomplishments and Marquette County Board chairman Gerry Corkin accepted a special award on behalf of Marquette County.

Even though the evening focused on LSPC past, the organization is planning on having a bright future.

“You know we are only going to get bigger and stronger, more regional more collaborative. All of the things you need to do to be nimble and successful in economic development, but its going to be also making sure that the next generation knows and understands that their leadership how important the focus importance of economic development is in a community,” Clickner said. “You can’t sit back and wait for it to happen you have to make it happen.”

All proceeds raised from the event assist in LSCP’s ability to provide low and no-cost business development services in the area.