MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC)- The Ishpeming Community Assessment results were presented to the public on Wednesday evening.
These findings came from the information gathered at the Community Foundation of Marquette’s first assessment on September 19, 2018.
The purpose of this report was to hear feedback from Ishpeming residents on what they want to see in their community.
Some of the major themes included the issue of blight, how to optimize recreation assets and the city of Ishpeming marketing a unique identity.
This evening focused on giving guidance to the community on how they can turn the results into actions.
Gail Anthony is the CEO of the Community Foundation of Marquette County and she believes this is such a unique opportunity because the community members themselves came up with these ideas and will be the ones implementing the projects.
"The Community Foundation has invested time and energy and money and is really based on investing in the communities; the communities, the people that are going to make the changes,” said Anthony. “That placed based energy is sustainable because people care about their own communities, they're living there.”
The Community Foundation will now start training new trainers on facilitating these assessments to hopefully bring to other small communities in Marquette County.
The Community Economic Development Association of Michigan helped produce this report.