UPPER PENINSULA PARTNERS
- Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP)
- Northern Initiatives (NI)
- Operation Action Upper Peninsula (OAUP)
- UPEDA – Upper Peninsula Economic Development Alliance
- UPCDC – Upper Peninsula Collaborative Development Council
Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP)
The Partnership envisions a growing, diversified and sustainable regional economy stemming from the investment we make in our children and youth and the growing economic opportunity that we provide for our businesses and citizens. Funding for the Partnership comes from both the private and public sectors with the non-profit organization being run similarly to a private business rather than a municipality. The ongoing partnership between the LSCP and the Marquette County EDC is critical to development efforts and the 1999 merger with the Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce boosted membership to just under 1,000 members.
Northern Initiatives (NI)
Northern Initiatives, a Community Development Financial Institution, delivers loans and business services to small business owners and entrepreneurs who create jobs and enable the people and communities of Northern Michigan to thrive. Northern Initiatives brings communities together for a common cause, uplifting each business, each community member through programs designed to bolster the appeal, attraction and economic viability of the region.
Operation Action Upper Peninsula (OAUP)
Operation Action U.P. is unique—it is the only private-sector economic development organization in the state, which embraces all types of industries and serves a 15 county area.
Operation Action U.P. brings together interested industrial corporations, financial institutions, utilities, institutions of higher learning, businesses and concerned citizens in a coalition that will work to create a favorable economic climate and a strong employment base for Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
UPEDA – Upper Peninsula Economic Development Alliance
A non-profit 501(c)3 economic development organization, incorporated in 1999. The membership consists of private companies, utilities and local and regional economic development agencies throughout the Upper Peninsula. UPEDA provides a forum for its members to connect, to accomplish economic development activities in their region.
UPCDC – Upper Peninsula Collaborative Development Council
The UPCDC is made up of local economic developers, as recognized by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), from the 15 counties across Upper Michigan which make up Region 1of the MEDC’s Collaborative Development Council.