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What’s coming up for LSCP?

Amy Clickner, CEO, Lake Superior Community Partnership

As we enter 2020, my mind is all over the board with things that need to be accomplished at the Lake Superior Community Partnership this year. I’m not going to lie, sometimes it becomes overwhelming to think about!

Kicking off the year we have our annual meeting on February 12, that is open to all LSCP investors. We will provide our 2019 year end results and focus on our priorities for 2020. As a little insight, I can tell you we spent time with over 500 clients assisting them with a variety of supports including business planning, financing, networking connections, marketing, incentives, data, research and much more. We served all stages of companies from start up to succession and of all sizes and sectors.

Several of our new services will hit the spotlight this year so that businesses and organizations can take advantage of them. In need of succession planning support? How about an economic impact study on your business, event or organization? Is it time for staff wage adjustments? Check out a wage study to keep things aligned. These are all resources that we have available!

Next week we will be announcing our Distinguished Service Individual and Business Award winners that will be presented at our Annual Dinner on March 12. This is an evening of networking, prizes and celebration! The time is now to sponsor, donate or purchase tickets for an evening of fun. Our theme this year “Pearls and Plaid”, dress up or dress down.

Heading into Spring, the Lake Superior Leadership Academy (LSLA) Class of 2020 will graduate. After graduation we will be recruiting over the summer for the class 2021. Have you sent your staff through the Academy or asked your employer to sponsor you? Ask a graduate, LSLA is a great opportunity to grow both personally and professionally.

Legislatively, there is much to be done. The Marquette County Ambassadors will begin by hosting their UP200 Legislative reception prior to a spring and fall Lansing trip to advance our Northern Michigan agenda. In addition to this, stay tuned for more information on the proposed Rural Affairs and Development Department following the State of the State address this week. Imagine a state department with a focus on rural Michigan!

Of course, the staff at the LSCP are measured in a variety of ways, so the above mentioned activities are just the tip of the iceberg in our daily work life. At the end of the day, we want to make a positive impact on our regional wealth indicators, such as, showing increases in population, median household income and taxable property.

Lastly, sharing our value proposition to investors and prospective investors is critical to sustaining an economic development organization like the LSCP for the long haul. For more information on how you can become involved, check out our website marquette.org or give us a call at 906-226-6591.

Editor’s NOTE: Amy Clickner is CEO of the Lake Superior Community Partnership. Her twice-monthly column will address topics of interest to the local business community.

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