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Progress 2022

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Team Rogers City involves, supports community

ROGERS CITY — Team Rogers City initially started about six years ago to help boost events such as the city’s annual Nautical Festival, but, now, the effort involves many in the community and offers open conversations about what’s going on throughout the city. Started by Mayor Scott ...

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Residents’ participation needed to build Northeast Michigan’s future

ALPENA — The future of Alpena is in the hands of the people, city officials said. “I would like to see an Alpena that is an improved version of itself, one that still has that small-town charm and feel, but has more opportunities that people are looking for,” said Montiel Birmingham, ...

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Leaders, business owners see bright future ahead for Northeast Michigan

ALPENA — Twenty years into the future, local economic development leaders in Alpena envision a different city than the one we live in now. Some believe significant changes to the city are less than five years out and could include more people living and visiting the area, more recreational ...

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North-siders call for more investment outside of downtown

ALPENA — Kristen Misiak, who owns Shalla’s Market and Gas Station with her husband, Steve, said she remembers when businesses recently received grants to move downtown. That kind of effort needs to happen for Alpena’s north side, too, she said. “I am happy to have a vibrant downtown ...

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Retail trade is all in the family for the James siblings

ALPENA — Building a better community is all in the family, say a trio of siblings immersed in the retail world of Alpena’s downtown shopping district. Working together and separately, brother Griffin James and sisters Baillie James and Mollie Allen operate four different downtown ...

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Mike Mahler: Northeast Michigan has a bright economic future

I have been asked to share my thoughts on what the Northeast Michigan economy will look like in the future. That is a fair inquiry for someone in the business of economic development. There is only one problem with me attempting to answer this question … My crystal ball stopped working a ...

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Northeast Michigan needs to prep its employees for new industry, CEOs say

ALPENA — The future of Northeast Michigan’s industry depends on the careful development of one of the region’s richest natural resources — its people, industry leaders say. Long reliant on industry connected with the region’s rocks and trees, the Alpena region must now meet the ...