Opportunity: Western Upper Peninsula Planning & Development Region (WUPPDR) saw a lot of potential for economic development in struggling Baraga County. But they needed a strategic plan. They turned to us to develop a usable, engaging roadmap that wouldn't just sit on a shelf.
After convening community leaders, we engaged the people of Baraga County through community forum focus groups and public opinion surveys to help identify needs and priorities. We also incorporated asset indentification and historical economic research.
The resulting plan - Go! Baraga County - outlines three primary job creation strategies with corresponding work plans that lay out a functional pathway for success. The plan resulted in a federally funded industrial park.