What We Do

Our Mission is to foster stable and diversified economies in the Western Upper Peninsula.

Following is a list of our current grants and technical assistance projects and the staff person responsible for each. Grants are external funding sources for specific projects or programs. Technical Assistance consists of project assistance (planning, mapping, demographic analysis, etc.) to local governments at their request on a fee-for-service basis.


Grant                                                             Staff
EDA Planning 2015-2017 Jerry Wuorenmaa
EDA L’Anse Industrial Park 2014-2019 Jerry Wuorenmaa
MDOT Regional Planning 2016-2017 Steve Lasco
MDOT Asset Management 2016-2017 Steve Rouser
MDOT Rural Task Force 2016-2017 Steve Rouser
MSHDA Programs (Rental & Homeowner Rehab.) MaryEllen Hyttinen
Regional Prosperity Initiative Multiple
Technical Assistance Project                      Staff
Houghton County GIS Steve Rouser
Bates Township Master Plan Steve Lasco
City of Hancock Vollwerth Expansion (MEDC) Jerry Wuorenmaa
City of Houghton Asset Management Plan Steve Lasco
County Economic Profile Updates Sunflower Wilson
Laird Township FEMA Application Brad Barnett
Portage Township Recreation Plan Brad Barnett
Ontonagon County Recreation Plan Brad Barnett
Quarterly Newsletter Steve Lasco
All members of the WUPPDR team contribute in multiple ways to each of the projects and grants for which WUPPDR is responsible.