2017 Western Upper Regional Prosperity Initiative Funded

2017 Western Upper Peninsula Regional Prosperity Initiative Funded The fourth year of the Western U.P. Regional Prosperity Initiative has been funded and is now underway. The Regional Prosperity Initiative (RPI) was begun by the State of Michigan in 2014 as a means to encourage regional collaboration of organizations in a time of dwindling resources, overlapping […]

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Available for Review

WUPPDR has completed a draft of the five-year update of the Western U.P. Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the years 2017 to 2022. The document is available here for a 30-day review period: WUPPDR 2017-2022 CEDS Draft for Public Review Comments will be accepted in writing until Sunday, April 16, 2017 and must be submitted […]

Heating the Midwest Conference and Expo

WUPPDR is pleased to be a co-host of the 2016 Heating the Midwest Conference and Expo. The 5th annual Heating the Midwest with Renewable Biomass Conference and Expo is getting closer! The event will take place October 11 – 13 in Harris Michigan, at the Island Resort and Casino (14 miles west of Escanaba).  This […]

Regional Prosperity Initiative and Solar Power

Solar article City explores solar power By GRAHAM JAEHNIG The Daily Mining Gazette HOUGHTON — As the Regional Prosperity Initiative studies the feasibility of residential and commercial solar energy in the Western U.P., the city of Houghton is also exploring available options. “The city is getting involved,” said Susie Landers, business development director for Houghton.  […]

New Executive Director Installed

The Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region Commission (WUPPDR), based in Houghton, has selected Jerald (Jerry) Wuorenmaa, M.A., as the organization’s new Executive Director. Wuorenmaa, who joined WUPPDR as an Assistant Planner in 2011, replaces Kim Stoker, whose affiliation with the organization concluded December 7. Wuorenmaa was selected by the WUPPDR Executive Committee at a […]

WUPPDR Earns National NADO Award for Economic Development Service Delivery

WUPPDR is one of two Michigan organizations to earn a 2015 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO). Following is our press release about this award.   News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Erik Powers, Regional Planner 906.482.7205, ext. 315 epowers@wuppdr.org August 31, 2015 WUPPDR Earns National NADO Award for Economic […]

Michigan Transportation Plan (MTP) Public Involvement Plan (PIP)

Dear Local Units of Government: MDOT is revising its 2035 Michigan Transportation Plan (MTP) to be extended to 2040. The Department is seeking comments on the Public Involvement Plan (PIP) that will be used to guide public input into the MTP revision process. The PIP is posted on MDOTs public website at www.michigan.gov/slrp. Please submit […]

Regional Prosperity Initiative interview on “Media Meet”

Kim Stoker of WUPPDR and Joel Schultz of CUPPAD recently interviewed on Media Meet about Michigan’s Regional Prosperity Initiative. See the entire program here. http://wnmuvideo.nmu.edu/video/2365495754/

WUPPDR Holds 47th Annual Meeting

WUPPDR 47th Annual Meeting The Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region (WUPPDR) held its 47th Annual Meeting at Paint River Landing in Crystal Falls on Monday, September 21. WUPPDR’s regular business meeting took place at 5:00 (CST). A family style dinner was served followed by a presentation by  keynote speaker Wendy Gehlhoff of the Northwood Rail Transit Commission. Expected […]