Rogers City to host economic summit

ROGERS CITY — An economic summit, kicking off new economic development and community marketing planning for the Rogers City and its Downtown Development Authority, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Rogers City Theater, 257 N. Third St.

The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

The city and the DDA have hired Joe Borgstrom, a consultant with the East Lansing-based firm Place and Main, to lead the event. Borgstrom will also work with smaller focus groups before and after the meeting.

Rogers City Mayor Scott McLennan said Place and Main will be the marketing firm for the community, so it needs to hear from as many people as possible.

“We want community input,” he said. “What is it that you’re wanting to see and how can we work together to make that happen for a more positive experience in Rogers City?”

McLennan said the meeting is important because it keeps community members focused on moving the city forward.

City officials have worked over the past year to achieve a designation as a Redevelopment Ready Community from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. Plans being drafted with input from Thursday’s forum are required for the city to achieve that designation.

McLennan said Redevelopment Ready Community status is “extraordinarily important” for a community like Rogers City.

The city has also received a designation as a low- to moderate-income community through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and has been designated as part of the MEDC’s Core Communities program.

“Those three things enable us to receive grant funding from the state that our community, in certain instances, really needs,” he said. “It isn’t just for the city, it is also for entrepreneurs and businesses in the community. So this is big.”

Crystal Nelson can be reached at 989-358-5687 or cnelson@thealpenanews.com.