Negaunee moving forward with economic development plan

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NEGAUNEE, Mich. (WLUC) - The city of Negaunee has introduced an economic development plan. At Thursday night's city council meeting, City Manager Nate Heffron gave a brief presentation of the plan.

It includes many steps, but some of them include four principal actions; building relationships, reinvestment, providing opportunity and planning and collaboration. The plan was worked on with the lake superior community partnership.

"This is a holistic approach to what's going to work in Negaunee, some proven strategies that have been working around the state, around the country that we're going to apply here in the city of Negaunee," said Nate Heffron, Negaunee City Manager. "Some different things we're working on are creating a historic district, reinventing our DDA, those are just a few of the things we're going to be doing."

The city also introduced a property maintenance code ordinance and set a public hearing for it at their next meeting in December. That ordinance would have city officials working closely with commercial property owners to help prevent and eliminate blight in the city.