Rural Affairs and Development (RAAD) Coalition Press Briefing

January 28, 2020

The Rural Affairs and Development Coalition is hosting a press briefing on January 30th at  1 p.m. at the Michigan Health and Hospital Association Advocacy Center Board Room at Capital Tower, located at 110 W. Michigan Ave., Suite 1200 (12th floor) in Lansing, Michigan.

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.

Speakers at the press briefing will include, Marty Fittante, CEO, InvestUP, Warren Call, President and CEO, Traverse Connect and Justin Horvath President and CEO, Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership. Others invited to speak include representatives from the Michigan Hospital Association and the Michigan Electric Cooperatives Association.

Speakers will touch on the issue itself, research on the topic, and what solutions are proposed to grow and stabilize rural Michigan.

More information about the Rural Affairs and Development Coalition can be directed to Kent Wood,

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