MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The Lake Superior Community Partnership this afternoon, celebrated another successful year of economic development in Marquette County.
In 2018 the LSCP celebrated their 20th anniversary, and there was plenty to celebrate last year.
"We're still staying strong, working in retention and expansion, which is our core mission,” said Amy Clickner, CEO for the LSCP. “However, we're seeing a lot more in startups, about a 2% increase over the year prior."
Last year, the partnership served nearly 500 clients across the county, helping with business development, financing, talent development and much more.
“That's what's important, is to know and understand that these resources are here to be used in our community," said Clickner.
At today's meeting they were sure to honor those businesses who grew this year by adding new jobs, thus contributing to economic development.
"What we're trying to do is recognize the one, two, or three jobs that are added by small businesses or even large businesses in a year,” said Clickner. “If you're a two man shop and you add a single person, that's a huge investment and that should be recognized."
Since the inception of the Plus One program 12 years ago, more than 3,000 jobs have been created in Marquette County, with 171 of them coming in 2018 alone.
"Yeah, it's definitely a good thing,” said Kennan Marana, membership and admin coordinator for the LSCP. “So we really want to keep anyone we can here. Marquette County is a great place to live and work, so the more people we can keep here, the better it is for our economy."
The LSCP is proud of the difference this program has made in the community, and of the businesses who do their part.
"It's just so important to recognize the investment that a business owner is making in the community,” said Clicker. “That's what's going to keep them here and keep them growing."
All 65 businesses honored this year were given a special plaque in recognition of their work.