Children’s Museum Third Thursday Literacy Night

November 13, 2018

Marquette, MINovember 13, 2018 – The UP Children’s Museum will host the Third Thursday Literacy Night on Thursday, November 15th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Admission is free for everyone. The theme for Family Literacy Night this week is “Hunting for words.” This program is geared toward preschool and early elementary age children.

There will be free books and prizes to take home, plus snacks and activities.  This event is sponsored by the Literacy Legacy Fund of Michigan.

City of Negaunee Moving Forward on Economic Development Strategy

November 13, 2018

Negaunee, MINovember 13, 2018 – City Manager Nate Heffron is pleased to announce that the City of Negaunee has accepted its first ever Economic Development Strategy, known as “Moving Forward”. An Economic Development Strategy is a planning document that helps guide communities interested in taking an active role in economic development. “This is a well thought out plan that puts us on the path for economic success, this is a major milestone for Negaunee”, City Manager Nate Heffron said.
The “Moving Forward” plan includes several strategies, some that the community is already engaged in and others that the community will be acting upon soon. These strategies include:
 Continuing the City’s relationship with Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) for economic development and business retention services;
 Continuing the City’s relationship with the Superior Trade Zone to work in a regional approach for economic success;
 Implementing a Downtown Plan and streetscape project to preserve Negaunee’s history, enhance character, and spawn new economic development opportunities;
 Working with downtown business owners to engage the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s grant façade program;
 Partnering with Invent NMU with their kiosk program to expand business start-up resources;
 Working to establish a Neighborhood Improvement Authority to meet the demands for new, affordable housing opportunities for families and expanding employment markets;
 Establishing a historic district to take advantage of tax credits available through federal programs and preserve Negaunee’s history and character;
 Becoming a Michigan Main Street Program community, allowing for stronger community connections that concentrate on economic vitality, downtown design, community promotion, and organization;
 Becoming a Michigan Redevelopment Ready Community showing that Negaunee is ready for business and has taken the necessary steps to streamline what is necessary for development;
 Developing and maintaining of a Capital Improvements Plan to allow the city to properly plan for infrastructure and service development and;
 Reactivating the Downtown Development Authority to revitalize development sites and establish a Tax Increment Finance District.
Negaunee’s Economic Development Strategy has been made possible through the technical assistance of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). Funds for this project were derived from the Project Empire Initiative. Work was preformed through the newly created Negaunee Economic Development Advisory Team, with the professional assistance of John Iacoangeli of Beckett and Raeder.

The LSCP will be working in conjunction with the City of Negaunee to develop a public revealing of this plan on December 10 at 5:00 p.m. in the Negaunee High School’s auditorium. The event is open to the public; light refreshments, and dessert will be provided after the presentation. “We see this as an opportunity to bring forward a viable plan for Negaunee, based on economic data and proven techniques. This plan is tailored to our specific needs, this is not a one-size fits all approach”, Heffron said.

According to Amy Clickner, CEO of the LSCP, “This plan definitely shows that Negaunee is open for business; that they are here to help foster a relationship that lends assistance to businesses, creates jobs, and goes that extra mile to bring them here and keep them here.”
A copy of this document can be viewed online at, or at the Negaunee Public Library.
Questions concerning this release may be directed to the attention of the City Manger, Nate Heffron at (906) 475-7700 ext. 11.

Shiras Planetarium Fundraising Strategy Luncheon

November 13, 2018

Marquette, MINovember 13, 2018 – Marquette Area Public Schools, the Shiras Planetarium, and the Shiras Institute are holding a luncheon/informational talk on Thursday, November 18 at 12:00 pm in the Shiras Planetarium. They will be discussing fundraising efforts to upgrade the technology and the planetarium. Announcements will be made regarding donations already committed and the launch of a public crowdfunding campaign.

The media is invited to attend. The meeting will end by 1:00 pm. A star show will be offered at that time for any attendees wishing to stay until 1:30 pm. Please RSVP to Shiras Planetarium director Becky Simmons at if you plan to attend. Media can enter through door #11 at the Southeast corner of MSHS. Some parking will be reserved there.

Peter White Junior Teen Advisory Board Meeting

November 13, 2018

Marquette, MINovember 13, 2018 – The Peter White Junior Teen Advisory Board will meet Wednesday, November 14 from 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm in the Peter White Public Library Shiras Room. All students in grades 5-8 are welcome to join the JTAB. Meet new people and become part of a cool team working to make the library more welcoming and fun for people your age. Snacks will be served. Free. For more information please call 226-4321, email, or visit Find us on Facebook under Peter White Public Library Teen Services.

Babies Play! at Peter White Public Library

November 13, 2018

Marquette, MINovember 13, 2018 – Babies Play! is on Wednesday, November 14 from 10:15 am -11:15 am in the Great Room at Peter White Public Library. Join Ms. Sarah as we host an hour of sensory play for ages birth-24 months with a loving adult.  Free. For more information call 226-4320, visit or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.