July Newsletter – City Manager’s Corner

Greetings from your City Manager

Summer is my favorite time of year. It’s the season of exploration and discovery. The sun shines on longer days, and at night, the stars seem to be just a little bit brighter.

In Negaunee, summer is facilitating new possibilities for us. In May, I told you about the Project Empire initiative, and my goal to secure funds for the betterment of our city. I’m pleased to announce that we were able to receive $25,000 to dedicate to our Economic Strategic Plan and Downtown Streetscape project. Let me take a moment to tell you a little bit more about this program.

Overall, our Economic Strategic Plan’s main approach is to connect business leaders, residents, government officials and economic specialists, forging a network of relationships in order to map out a tangible and achievable plan for our economic success.

We are building momentum, bringing with it another generation of entrepreneurs and workers alike; meanwhile, drawing upon the wisdom and experience of our past generations to create an environment where everyone can thrive for years to come. My staff and I have and will continue to strive towards retaining and expanding our current mix of business and jobs here in Negaunee.

The second component of this funding – the Downtown Streetscape – will become a driving force in promoting Negaunee now and in the future. This plan will work primarily with downtown business owners to re-envision and work towards a more cohesive downtown. As we move forward with this exciting project, we hope that you will personally take part in the process during public meetings.

I hope each of you and your families have a safe and enjoyable summer. The place we call home is beautiful and unique. Take the time to enjoy and appreciate how lucky we are to live in such a special area. As always, feel free to reach out to me if there is anything you need.

-Nate Heffron