Rural Affairs and Development Coalition

The Rural Affairs and Development Coalition was formed by the Lake Superior Community Partnership, InvestUP and the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance on the premise that despite the state’s emergence from the recession a decade ago, many rural areas have been even slower to recover, and nearly all are losing population, especially in key workforce age demographics. Many of the programs and incentives the state uses to target and grow major business are not well suited for rural communities and businesses. Rural areas need to thrive to maintain quality of life, retain businesses and residents, and attract new talent and job providers across the state for the two million Michiganders that live in these areas. By doing so, the coalition believes we can make the most out of Michigan.