West End update – Nate Heffron – city of Negaunee

Nate Heffron, city manager, city of Negaunee

NEGAUNEE — The city of Negaunee recently published its first ever economic development magazine, “Moving Forward.”

It will replace the annual Moving Forward event that relayed the economic status of Negaunee and the efforts taken by the city and other partners in developing the economy of the city.

In the past, we put an emphasis on holding a public meeting with a panel at the Negaunee High School. Although it was well attended, the city and our partners felt some residents still didn’t know about our efforts and the reasons behind them.

People are busy, many of our residents are young, working families with children. That makes it even more important to reach these residents. They are the future.

We want them to know what’s going on and perhaps this new approach will reach more residents and spur further interest and feedback.

It may be hard to believe, but some people just don’t know what’s going on. They don’t read a newspaper, watch the news, or in some cases look at the full stories they see on social media sites like Facebook.

Most everyone who is paying any attention knows that Negaunee is experiencing some exciting and incredible changes since the adoption of its five-year Moving Forward Economic Development Plan.

Now into year three of this five-year plan, this magazine will inform business owners, investors, and residents alike, about the Moving Forward efforts.

This publication includes the pathway to become a Redevelopment Ready Community, perspectives from partner organizations, stories about new businesses that have moved or started downtown, current and future infrastructure investments, and much more.

Negaunee’s team of city-staff, professional consultants, engineers, business leaders, as well as the city council have been lock-in-step in making long-lasting positive changes to Negaunee’s economy.

This dedication of promoting the long-term success of the community is what drives us!

An online version of the magazine will also be made available on the city’s website. We hope to use both the online version and the extra copies as promotional materials to attract developers in the near future.

Negaunee has a lot to offer, it’s past time we show off what we have and what we can do.

If you haven’t been paying attention to the news in Negaunee, now’s your chance! Perhaps one of our readers here can pass on the good news?

Either way, I invite you to take some time to peruse this publication and learn more about the economic development activities and projects happening in Negaunee.

The best way to move forward is together.

Editor’s note: Nate Heffron is city manager of the city of Negaunee.


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