City Manager’s Corner – April 2018 Newsletter

Greetings from your City Manager

For centuries, people all over the world have claimed to be able to see the future. Though the promise of possessing the keys to infinite wisdom and unfettered success is undoubtedly alluring, no one is able to predict, with absolute certainty, what the future holds. We all have expectations for what lies ahead for us, but we are the only ones who can turn those expectations into reality.

For Negaunee, this means joining together as leaders, entrepreneurs, and residents to build a bright and engaging future, while also paying respect to and preserving the past.

In the last few weeks, I have been working with both our City Council and a wide variety of our citizens, to start to piece together what the future could hold for Negaunee. We, as a community, have so much potential and I’m excited to see what’s in store for us. There are a few projects that are starting to come together, and I want to take this opportunity to share them with you.

One of our first steps is the creation of the Special Committee on Blight Resolution. It will be the responsibility of this committee to determine the extent of blight within Negaunee. They will then provide recommendations for eliminating existing issues and give suggestions as to how to deter any future problematic areas.

We will also be teaming up with the Lake Superior Community Partnership, utilizing their expertise in economic development to provide direct services to businesses withing Negaunee. The goal is to both retain and expand local business.

I am also developing a strategic plan for both the downtown area and the US-41 corridor. I want to work hand in hand with the Council and our residents to capitalize off of specific economic opportunities.

Additionally, the City has joined the Superior Trade Zone, which is a group of counties, townships and municipalities that have formed a multi-government partnership. The purpose of strengthening current economic growth. This move provides Negaunee with access to new economic opportunities and allows us to have a hand in shaping the region.

While planning for our future is necessary, we cannot move forward without looking back at how we’ve arrived at this point. Our past is just as important as our future, and it is our job as citizens to recognize the symbiotic relationship these key areas of time have.

Out Council has taken formal steps that allow me to work with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation in the interest of developing a historic district within Negaunee. I look forward to including the community in this project, to determine the boundaries of this district, to help us preserve our history, and to gain insight and ideas on how you, as citizens, want to showcase and maintain our community’s character.

Negaunee’s future is as vibrant and invigorating as we make it. If you are able to, I encourage you to attend our public hearings and see for yourself what’s in store for our community. If you can’t attend the meetings, but still want to make your voice heard, you are more than welcome to send and e-mail or a letter. I want to hear from you! Let’s create our future together!


Nate Heffron