WUPPDR in the News

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Fresh, Local, Dependable: Nurturing UP Food Systems
Michigan Technological University May 12, 2020
Michigan Tech partners with local agencies to strengthen Western Upper Peninsula food systems during the pandemic and beyond…Full Story

MDARD Grants Will Help Rural Airport, Housing, Beehives and More
Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development January 31, 2020
LANSING — Today, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) awarded 20 Rural Development Fund Grants designed to promote the sustainability of land-based industries and support infrastructure that benefits rural communities… Full Story

MI-TRALE releases UP trail map app
Upper Michigan’s Source January 22, 2020
HOUGHTON — MI-TRALE …, a local non-profit organization whose mission is to advance the safe and responsible use of multi-use trails for both motorized and non-motorized trail recreationalists, is pleased to announce the release of their Free Michigan UP Trails app… Full Story

Wakefield city, township officials address waning populations
Ironwood Daily Globe December 11, 2019
WAKEFIELD — While discussing a draft of their pending master plan on Tuesday evening, Wakefield Township officials learned that the population of Gogebic County is projected to drop by 12.3% between 2020 and 2045… Full Story


L’Anse receives $1.2 million grant for industrial park improvement
Upper Michigan’s Source September 24, 2014
WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow announced that the Village of L’Anse will receive a federal grant of $1,281,910…Full Story

WUPPDR holds 46th annual meeting
Daily Mining Gazette September 16, 2014
KEWEENAW — COPPER HARBOR-The Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region held its 46th annual meeting Monday at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge…Full Story

Go! Baraga County
Upper Michigan’s Source March 16, 2014
BARAGA — For the past two years, Baraga County has been working closely with the western U.P. planning and development region on devising a plan to boost the county’s economy...Full Story

WUPPDR Drafts Economic Plan for Baraga County
The Keweenaw Report March 11, 2014
A draft for an economic strategic plan for Baraga County has been completed…Full Story

Baraga Plan Ready to Review
Daily Mining Gazette March 11, 2014
L’ANSE — A draft of Go! Baraga County, the Baraga County strategic plan begun last fall, has been completed…Full Story

WUPPDR Secures Grant for Regional Prosperity Plan
Upper Michigan’s Source January 7, 2014
HOUGHTON — The Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region, or WUPPDR, has received a grant of up to $250,000 to move forward with a Regional Prosperity Plan under Governor Snyder’s Regional Prosperity InitiativeFull Story

Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region Commission Holds 45th Annual Meeting
Ironwood Daily Globe October 1, 2013
IRONWOOD — The Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region Commission held its 45th annual meeting Monday night at Tacconelli’s in Ironwood, with speakers discussing Michigan’s wolf population, the Michigan Trails and Recreation Alliance of Land and the Environment, and the presentation of the Oreste Chiantello Award… (full story not available)

KEDA Board Ponders Organization’s Future
Daily Mining Gazette September 12, 2013
HANCOCK — The Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance will partner with the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region in an effort to rethink the organization after the impending retirement of Executive Director Phil Musser…Full Story

Musser to Step Down at KEDA
Daily Mining Gazette September 12, 2013
HOUGHTON — Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance Executive Director Phil Musser announced his retiremen [sic], effective at the end of the year Wednesday, closing a 28-year tenure that saw the building of numerous local businesses and entrepreneurial infrastructure from a low point after the close of the mining industry…Full Story

Baraga County Job Research Data Revealed
Daily Mining Gazette March 30, 2013
L’ANSE — Baraga County now has a vision for the future to address its high unemployment rate…Full Story

L’Anse Plan Outlines Future Recreation Improvements
Daily Mining Gazette February 27, 2013
L’ANSE — The 2008-2013 L’Anse Recreation Plan led to a variety of recreational improvements in Baraga County, and, with the help of a regional planner, three local entities approved a new five-year plan Monday to further expand recreational opportunities…Full Story

Community Input Needed for Baraga Cty. Plan
Daily Mining Gazette October 26, 2012
L’ANSE — The Western Upper Peninsula Planning & Development Region laid the foundations for a Baraga County strategic plan Thursday night, but the organization needs community involvement to make the grant-funded plan successful…Full Story

Brockway Update Complete
Daily Mining Gazette September 28, 2012
HOUGHTON — Keweenaw County Road Engineer Gregg Patrick talks before a crowd at the dedication of a roadside park on Brockway Mountain in Keweenaw County Wednesday…Full Story

Carpooling Website Aims at Uniting Western UP Residents
Ironwood Daily Globe September 26, 2012
IRONWOOD — A new website has been designed to allow residents to “Get Around the Western Upper Peninsula” easier by carpooling… (full story not available)

Looking for Transportation? New Website Can Help.
Upper Michigan’s Source September 24, 2012
HOUGHTON — The Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region is unveiling a brand new transportation website…Full Story

A View from the Top
Upper Michigan’s Source September 19, 2012
COPPER HARBOR — Brockway Mountain has added one more beautiful sight to see with the recent introduction of a two-story overlook.  The construction started back in May, and now that it’s finished, it has become a great place for residents and visitors to overlook Copper Harbor and Lake Superior...Full Story

WUPPDR Hosts 44th Annual Meeting
ABC10 September 18, 2012
BARAGA – The Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region (WUPPDR) held its 44th Annual Meeting in Baraga County at the American Legion Post 444 Monday night… (full story not available)

Rio Tinto Gives Update
Mining Gazette September 18, 2012
BARAGA – The Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region held its 44th annual meeting Monday night at the American Legion Foucault-Funke Post 444 in Baraga….Full Story

Jenich Honored for 40 Years of Service
Mining Gazette September 18, 2012
BARAGA – Ed Jenich was honored for his 40 years of public service Monday night with the Oreste Chiantello Award…Full Story

Western U.P. Transportation Website Unveiled
ABC10 September 11, 2012
HOUGHTON – The Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region (WUPPDR) recently unveiled its transportation resources website, www.getaroundwup.com… (full story not available)

BioFuel Workshop Held
ABC10 June 20, 2012
HOUGHTON- An idea that could redefine what the Western U.P. is known for is gaining ground in the Copper Country… (full story not available)

Assistance Program for First-Time Homebuyers
Upper Michigan’s Source May 28, 2012
HOUGHTON- Assistance program for first-time homebuyers…Full Story

First-Time Home Buyer Assistance
ABC10 May 2, 2012
HOUGHTON- The Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region is offering first-time home buyers assistance in purchasing a house.  It’s called the Houghton County Homebuyer Purchase and Rehabilitation Program… (full story not available)

Calumet Selects Administrator for Rehab Projects
Daily Mining Gazette April 20, 2012
CALUMET – The Calumet Village Council selected a third-party administrator for two rental rehabilitation projects in the village during its regular meeting Thursday…Full Story

UP BioFuel Efforts Underway
ABC 10 April 19, 2012
HOUGHTON- The Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region (WUPPDR) has launched the U.P. BioFuel website at www.upbiofuel.com… (full story not available)

WUPPDR Issues Transportation Survey
Daily Mining Gazette March 16, 2012
HOUGHTON – For many people without a vehicle in the Copper Country, getting around can be a problem, and some people with a vehicle may be looking for alternatives. A new survey is aimed at finding out what the area’s transportation needs are…Full Story

Five-year Plan Addresses County Park Improvements
Ironwood Daily Globe March 2, 2012
LAKE GOGEBIC – The Ontonagon County Park on Lake Gogebic requires some major upgrades in the next five years, according to ONtonagon County’s recreation plan… (full story not available)

L’Anse Village Seeks Damages
Daily Mining Gazette February 28, 2012
L’ANSE – The village of L’Anse will be seeking liquidated damages for a long overdue contract on its multimillion-dollar wastewater project, at the same time as it begins another major water project…Full Story

Input Sought on Rec Plan
Daily Mining Gazette February 23, 2012
POINT ABBAYE – Baraga County residents have until March 16 to offer feedback on a five-year countywide recreation plan that includes extensive renovations to Point Abbaye County Park…Full Story

How Can the U.P. Economy Grow?
Upper Michigan’s Source  January 26, 2012
MARQUETTE — Tourism and mining still remain the strongest forms of revenue in the U.P., and according to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, we’re excelling in all the right places...Full Story

Ontonagon Recreation Plan Ready for Review
Daily Mining Gazette  January 21, 2012
ONTONAGON – The Ontonagon Recreation Plan is complete and ready for the public to view…Full Story

Chamber Outlines Path for Future
Daily Mining Gazette  January 13, 2012
HOUGHTON – At its annual meeting Friday, the Keweenaw Peninsula Chamber of Commerce outlined steps it’s taking to improve its future and that of its members, and honored other community members who have been just as forward-thinking…Full Story

WUPPDR Offers Parcel Mapping
Ironwood Daily Globe  January 9, 2012
IRONWOOD TOWNSHIP- New technology has made accessing land information in Ironwood Township more convenient, thanks to services available through the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Regional Commission… (full story not available)

Groups Develop New Ontonagon Trail Map
Daily Mining Gazette January 3, 2012
ONTONAGON – Michigan Trails and Recreation Alliance of Land and the Environment in Ontonagon is working to develop a new map system available to those who use off-road vehicles…Full Story

Byway Nature Preserves Getting an Upgrade
Upper Michigan’s Source  December 25, 2011
CALUMET – The route from the Portage Lake Lift Bridge all the way to Copper Harbor has been deemed a National Byway…Full Story

Public Input Wanted on Rec. Plan
Daily Mining Gazette  December 12, 2011
ONTONAGON – The Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region and officials in Ontonagon are looking for the public’s help on the next five-year recreation plan…Full Story

Scenic Highways and Byways
Daily Mining Gazette  November 29, 2011
HOUGHTON – The federal government considers U.S 41 through the Copper Country as part of its National Scenic Byways program, and because of that, the government is helping to fund two projects related to the highway corridor…Full Story

Talking Highways and Byways
Daily Mining Gazette  November 3, 2011
CALUMET – The first of what are intended to be annual meetings of the Copper Country Trail National Byway Committee was conducted Wednesday at the newly renovated Keweenaw National Historical Park Visitor Center in the Union Building in Calumet, and those in attendance got an overview of the efforts of the CCT to date…Full Story

Commission Grants Having an Impact
Daily Mining Gazette  October 26, 2011
CALUMET – The Keweenaw National Historical Park Advisory Commission met Tuesday to hear several updates from throughout the quarter since last meeting…Full Story

Houghton County Approves $8.4M Budget
Daily Mining Gazette  September 14, 2011
HOUGHTON – The Houghton County Board of Commissioners approved a budget with about $8.4 million of expenses for the 2011-12 fiscal year at its meeting Tuesday…Full Story

Baraga County Goes for Housing Grant
Daily Mining Gazette  September 13, 2011
L’ANSE – The Baraga County Board of Commissioners took action on several topics during a short regular meeting Monday afternoon…Full Story

L’Anse Moves Forward with Grant Application
Daily Mining Gazette  August 23, 2011
L’ANSE – The village of L’Anse took the next step in pursuing an 80/20 grant for a $1.62 million project to add a road and sanitary sewer system to the Lambert Road Industrial Park, which would encourage industrial development…Full Story

Courthouse Options Discussed by Board
Daily Mining Gazette  July 12, 2011
L’ANSE – Just before the Baraga County Board of Commissioners adjourned Monday’s regular meeting, County Prosecutor Joseph O’Leary briefed the board on the status of the town hall meetings of the Courthouse Improvement Committee, which O’Leary leads…Full Story

Japanese Consul Tours U.P. Mines, Extraction Sites
Daily Mining Gazette  June 28, 2011
HOUGHTON –Representatives from Japan’s government and industry visited the Copper Country Monday as part of a two-day tour to explore investing or expanding in mineral extraction in the area…Full Story

Byway Meetings
Daily Mining Gazette  June 23, 2011
HOUGHTON –Houghton and Keweenaw counties have a National Scenic Byway, and local residents are going to get a chance Tuesday to make comments and suggestions about it…Full Story

Pathway Pride
Iron County Reporter  June 12, 2011
June 16 was a proud day for members of the Friends of the Heritage Trail, as well as Crystal Falls and Crystal Falls Township officials, as the ribbon was cut to “officially” open a paved, non-motorized pathway stretching west from the Crystal Falls city border through the township to the Iron County Medical Care Facility, approximately two miles….Full Story

EU Bioenergy Group Visits KEDA
Daily Mining Gazette May 12, 2011
Representatives from the European Union’s bioenergy project are visiting the Copper Country this week to find out more about the area…» Full Story

Meet and Greet a Success
Daily Mining Gazette April 16, 2011
To the editor: The Copper Country Community Transition Council (CTC) would like to thank all the agencies that made our first annual Meet and Greet at St…» Full Story

Ontonagon County Partnership Hears Project Updates
Daily Globe April 6, 2011
ONTONAGON — Members of the Ontonagon County Partnership were updated Wednesday on three major projects and other activities that groups are doing to improve the economic outlook…. (full story not available)

Making the Most of the Internet
Daily Mining Gazette February 23, 2011
BARAGA — When President Barack Obama visited Marquette, he lauded the city’s technology, urging the rest of the nation to do the same…» Full Story

Houghton County Board Hears Presentation on U.P. Link Project
Daily Mining Gazette February 16, 2011
HOUGHTON – The Houghton County Board of Commissioners heard a presentation at their meeting Tuesday on a high-definition videoconferencing network that could drastically reduce Upper Peninsula business people’s travel needs and offset the disadvantages of a remote location…» Full Story

Specialist: Economic Recovery Continuing
Daily Mining Gazette February 2, 2011
HOUGHTON — It’s been a busy few months for Kevin Manninen, the economic recovery specialist brought in by Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region to assist Ontonagon and Baraga…» Full Story

Reducing Travel
Daily Mining Gazette January 28, 2011
HOUGHTON – Traveling long distances for business meetings can be prohibitive, but a proposed video conferencing system intended to eliminate travel costs was presented Thursday in the Michigan Technological University Lakeshore Center…» Full Story

Keweenaw County Gets Survey Results
Daily Mining Gazette January 28, 2011
HOUGHTON – When asked what they liked about parks and recreation in Keweenaw County, many survey responders said the natural beauty, ruggedness and low population…» Full Story

WUPPDR to Work on Disaster Plan
Daily Globe January 8, 2011
BESSEMER — A $29,959 grant received by the Gogebic County Emergency Management Department will be used to update the county’s disaster plan and add a section on flood plain mitigation for the city of Ironwood…. (full story not available)

Good Return on Investment for Ontonagon County Board
Daily  Globe December 22, 2010
ONTONAGON –  The director of the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region told the Ontonagon County Board Tuesday it has had a good return on its investment as a WUPPDR member… (full story not available)

Input Wanted on Transportation Survey
Daily Mining Gazette November 18, 2010
HOUGHTON –  A new transportation survey is part of a study looking at how people use the Copper Country’s public transportation and ways to improve it… (full story not available)

Keweenaw County Board to fund stamp sand study
Daily Mining Gazette November 18, 2010
EAGLE RIVER – Stamp sands can be found in various places around Keweenaw County and Kim Stoker has plans to help bring in big industry and put those sands to use…. » Full Story

WUPPDR Data Shows $20M in Area Benefits
Daily Mining Gazette November 11, 2010
HOUGHTON – Upgrades at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, the creation of four business incubators in Houghton County and the new full time economic development coordinator in Baraga and Ontonagon counties are just some of the projects in which the Western Upper Peninsula Planning & Development Region has had a hand…» Full Story

Baraga County educator resigns
Daily Mining Gazette November 9, 2010
…In other business, the board: showed support for the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region, which could have funding cut because of problems with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation…» Full Story

Copper Country gets a new look
Upper Michigan’s Source.com November 4, 2010
HOUGHTON — The road from Houghton to Copper Harbor is scenic and historic, two of the reasons it received federal by-way designation in 2005. …. » Full Story

Rail Company Cooperated with Ontonagon County Over Abandonment
Daily Mining Gazette November 2, 2010
ONTONAGON – With support from Escanaba and Lake Superior Railroad, officials in Ontonagon are moving forward with the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region working to preserve the railroad located in Ontonagon. » Full Story

Baraga Cty. meets economic coordinator
Daily Mining Gazette October 7, 2010
BARAGA — Wednesday morning, community leaders in Baraga County gathered to discuss the county’s future, as well as meet Kevin Manninen, who is serving as the regional economic coordinator for Baraga… » Full Story

WUPPDR works with communities
Daily Mining Gazette September 21, 2010
SILVER CITY — The Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Regional Commission continues to work with local governments on recreation, economic and other projects, and a report of those… » Full Story
WUPPDR aims to aid recovery
Daily Mining Gazette September 20, 2010
ONTONAGON — Once the Ontonagon County Partnership was formed, the group set out to find a person who will come in and help the county bounce back from a series of setbacks — and it seems it has foun… » Full Story
Mountain lodge has new general manager
Daily Mining Gazette September 16, 2010
EAGLE RIVER — Dan Harri, of Copper City, has been named the new general manager at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge… » Full Story
In case of a bridge emergency…
Daily Mining Gazette August 21, 2010
HANCOCK — Many people in the Copper Country were panicked when the Portage Lake Lift Bridge got stuck Aug. 4, stranding people on either side of the Portage Lake Shipping Canal…. » Full Story
Copper Country Trail has new signs
Daily Mining Gazette August 20, 2010
HANCOCK — A set of new signs has made its way onto U.S…. » Full Story
Ontonagon awaits word on fate of E&LS Railroad
Daily Mining Gazette May 25, 2010
ONTONAGON — Ontonagon Prosecuting Attorney James Jessup approached the village of Ontonagon council members concerning the Escanaba and Lake Superior Railroad abandonment at the regular meeting… » Full Story
WUPPDR keeps eye on progress in Ontonagon, Baraga counties
Daily Mining Gazette May 11, 2010
L’ANSE — The Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region is making major progress toward a better future in Baraga County, and at the Baraga County Commissioners’ regularly scheduled… » Full Story
CCISD submits broadband proposal
Daily Mining Gazette April 21, 2010
HANCOCK — The Copper Country Intermediate School District has submitted a 364-page grant application for $37 million in broadband stimulus money to begin taking steps to bring a large broadband… » Full Story
New cop on the beat doing a good job
Iron County Reporter March 17, 2010
CASPIAN—The new Public Safety Authority is getting some nice comments from the public as is Police Chief Jeremy Allen, said Caspian Mayor Joe Sabol at the city’s March 10 meeting (full article not available)
Ontonagon comes together
Daily Mining Gazette February 25, 2010
ONTONAGON — The village of Ontonagon council met this week and heard from Village Manager Tom Cogswell, who has been attending Ontonagon County Partnership meetings. » Full Story
Two down, two more to go
Daily Mining Gazette December 19, 2009
HANCOCK — Like the rest of Michigan, the western Upper Peninsula is experiencing difficult economic times, but officials of Finlandia University think one of the university’s endeavors will be a par… » Full Story
Keweenaw Board reveals ‘wishlist’
Daily Mining Gazette December 19, 2009
EAGLE RIVER — The Keweenaw County Board of Commissioners submitted information for the Community Economic Development Strategy to the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region Wednesday. » Full Story
Portage Twp. Board discusses Pilgrim River
Daily Mining Gazette December 15, 2009
PORTAGE TOWNSHIP — Village council members in Portage Township discussed the Pilgrim River Watershed Project at their regular meeting Monday evening. » Full Story

Bringing industry to the U.P.
Daily Mining Gazette September 24, 2009
BARAGA — Despite the recent closing of Terex Handlers in Baraga, the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region is looking outside of the box to support local manufacturing resources in… » Full Story

Michigan Tech, WUPPDR undergo digital facelifts
Daily Mining Gazette September 11, 2009
HOUGHTON — The Michigan Technological University and Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region Web sites have undergone a digital facelift. » Full Story
Iron Lake Association wants boat landing closed
Iron County Reporter August 26, 2009
IRON RIVER TOWNSHIP—The Iron Lake Property Owners Association is asking the Iron River Township Board to close the boat landing for at least a year… (full story not available)
U.P. county tops unemployment list
Upper Michigan’s Source.com August 12, 2009
L’ANSE — CertainTeed in L’Anse, which makes ceiling tiles for commercial use, is a rarity in Baraga County.  It’s a company that’s had job openings…. » Full Story
Technology park back on Hancock’s radar screen
Daily Mining Gazette April 29, 2009
HANCOCK — For Hancock City Manager Glenn Anderson, progress is a must. … (full story not available)
Regional planners seek input on Ironwood projects
Daily Globe April 9, 2009
BESSEMER — The Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region has forwarded the notices of intent for two Ironwood water and sewer projects to the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners as a public information item… (full story not available)
Work van program to begin charging fees
Iron County Reporter February 25, 2009
CRYSTAL FALLS—Implemented in 1999, the corrections department work van program offered an alternative for individuals serving jail time, allowing them to perform community service to decrease their sentence… (full story not available)
Taking the first step
Daily Mining Gazette January 21, 2009
HUBBELL — When small communities need financial help for creating or improving recreational facilities they often turn to the state, but before that aid can be sought, the communities first must have… » Full Story
Hancock OKs sale of waterfront property
Daily Mining Gazette December 18, 2008
HANCOCK — The Hancock City Council Wednesday approved the sale of a… » Full Story
Houghton City Council discusses streetscape
Daily Mining Gazette November 11, 2008
HOUGHTON — Planning is underway for the City of Houghton’s streetscape project next summe. » Full Story
Bessemer council considers online mapping
Daily Globe December 8, 2008
City manager asked to investigate cost, uses for geographic information system… (full story not available)
Caspian ski hill to remain open
Iron County Reporter October 15, 2008
CASPIAN—A proposal to close the city’s ski hill was defeated by a 3-2 margin at the city of Caspian’s meeting on Oct. 8… (full story not available)
Stambaugh Township opposes Road Board’s millage proposal
Iron County Reporter October 8, 2008
STAMBAUGH TOWNSHIP—If the Iron County Road Commission is hoping its millage proposal will pass in the upcoming election, it won’t be with the blessing of the Stambaugh Township Board… (full story not available)
Hancock income survey moving slowly
Daily Mining Gazette July 29, 2008
HANCOCK — Although it may not be a desirable goal, if 50.1 percent of a community is in the low to moderate income category, the community has an increased chance of receiving certain federal grants. » Full Story
Gogebic County to provide input on trail planning
Daily Globe July 24, 2008
Forestry and parks commission to take lead in providing input on state plan for bike trails… (full story not available)
Commission assured Peterson can tackle two projects
Daily Globe July 15, 2008
Hurley construction firm already working on Alfred Wright Boulevard project, awarded bid for Greenbush Street work… (full story not available)
Agency to dissolve loan fund
Daily Mining Gazette June 17, 2008
HOUGHTON — The Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region voted to pursue dissolution of the Superior Revolving Loan Fund the regional planning agency administers. » Full Story
WUPPDR celebrates 40th year in existence
Daily Mining Gazette June 17, 2008
HOUGHTON — The Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region commission held its monthly meeting at the Upper Peninsula Power Company building Monday afternoon. » Full Story
Ontonagon County now on the map
Daily Globe February 20, 2008
Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region receives grant to place every government in region on national Internet-based map… (full story not available)