State Grant Supports Invent@NMU, Innovate Marquette SmartZone Collaboration

June 27, 2017

Marquette, MI – Northern Michigan University has received a $1.15 million grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to implement a collaborative operating agreement involving Invent@NMU and the Innovate Marquette SmartZone. Both entities have developed distinct approaches toward the common goal of promoting regional economic development. The new grant-funded partnership enables them to continue that work collectively and more efficiently from one location, enhancing the services provided to inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs.

Invent@NMU gives students real-world experience helping clients bring physical products from concept to market. Under the guidance of professional mentors, students develop competitive skill sets related to design, manufacturing and marketing and provide this expertise to a variety of client ideas. The Innovate Marquette SmartZone has cultivated an entrepreneurial ecosystem that supports the accelerated creation and growth of technology-based businesses in Marquette. It offers a broad array of services, training, mentoring and networking programs for tech-based start-up ideas and new business creation.… Read the rest

NMU Union Ratifies Contract

June 27, 2017

Marquette, MI – Northern Michigan University’s technical and office professionals (UAW Local 1950) have ratified a three-year contract, with 63 percent of voting members approving the proposal. The union is composed of 134 employees.

The contract is effective July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2020. Terms include base increases of $0.30 per hour for each of the three years, and $0.20 raises in the minimum and maximum hourly wages of the salary schedule each year of the contract. The agreement also includes an enrollment incentive for FY19 and FY20 tied to specific growth in student enrollment.

The contract is pending approval by the NMU Board of Trustees


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Calendar – Youth – LEGO Mania – June 30

June 27, 2017

Marquette – LEGO Mania for ages 5 and up will be held on Friday, June 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library.

Meet other Lego enthusiasts and build Lego projects. The event is free and LEGOs will be provided. For more information, call 226-4320, visit, or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.… Read the rest