Annual meeting celebrates growth and optimistic future

Annual meeting celebrates growth and optimistic future

MARQUETTE — An economic development organization held their annual meeting today in Marquette.

The Lake Superior Community Partnership held their annual meeting today at the Marquette Cinemas to go over data from last year and their plans for the future.

Part of their annual meeting included the Plus One Recognition Awards, where local business partners are honored for adding at least one job. This year 52 businesses were given that recognition, including Ojibwa Express Convenience which just opened last summer.

CEO of Ojibwa Express Convenience Andrew Chosa says, “We’re definitely ramping up, the snowmobilers have been coming in. We’ve been seeing a lot of familiar faces. It’s becoming much more of a destination stop for folks in the Marquette Community.”

Officials from the LSCP say they think 2016 will be another year of growth and economic development for the area.

CEO of LSCP Amy Clickner says, “There’s a very optimistic and upbeat outlook that businesses shave for 2016. So what we’re predicting is additional growth. We’re predicting another record year of working with clients. We’re predicting job growth in all different sectors.”

The LSCP will also pilot a program this year with Northern Michigan University called “Come Back UP” to reintegrate talented people into the U.P. workforce.