The city of Marquette and Marquette Township were both highly touted in a recent study as areas fostering entrepreneurial growth and economic development, the latest in a long line of accolades the region has garnered from various organizations and publcations over the past few years.
Details of the rating were presented in a Journal story by staff writer Kyle Whitney.
Researchers at iLabs, the University of Michigan-Dearborn's Center for Innovation Research, identified Marquette Township as a five-star community and the city of Marquette as a four-star community in their annual eCities study.
The fact that the neighboring communities were honored in the project, which began in 2007, is a great sign for the region, according to Marquette Township Manager Randy Girard.
He said the township's commercial development complements the city's services - Northern Michigan University and Marquette General Hospital, for instance - well.
"I think the bigger picture is that it is a regional impact," he said. "It's not individual actions. It's that regional impact."
The eCities study utilizes data supplied by participating communities to construct a six-factor, 32-item index of entrepreneurial activity. It highlights factors like policies, community and education.
The researchers sent surveys to more than 114 Michigan communities during the study, which identified 54 Michigan communities as either four- or five-star.
This is the fourth consecutive year the city has been recognized in the study and the first time the township has been highlighted. This is great news.
We think the rating is another encouraging sign that may indicate the Marquette area is not only moving forward from a development standpoint, but emerging from the recession in positive form.