NMU Sustainable Ecotourism Organization hosts community conversations about tourism

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - A Northern Michigan University led effort to start a conversation about tourism in the U.P. was held Wednesday at the Peter White Public Library.

The community conversations are intended to engage Marquette and Alger County residents about the impacts of tourism on the area. The meetings are a result of a Michigan Humanities Council grant of $5,000 given to the NMU Sustainable Ecotourism Organization.

During the meeting community members, city workers, and organizers discussed their thoughts and concerns about the growing industry.

“The intent from the Michigan Humanities Council was to hold these kinds of community conversations to encourage people to get together more often in their communities and have civil discourse about issues,” said David Kronk, an NMU Instructor. “If we're experiencing growth and tourism here, it's really important for the community to talk about it.”

NMU's Sustainable Ecotourism Organization is planning more community conversations in Grand Marais and Chatham in March. As well as a “Design Charette” in Marquette and Munising in April.

For more information on the community conversations, contact David Kronk at dkronk@nmu.edu or Scott Jordan at scjordan@nmu.edu.

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