Community Leaders to Gather and Share Small Town Entrepreneurial Ideas

Smaller communities around Michigan face unique challenges when it comes to developing ways to draw residents, businesses and travelers to town. While larger urban centers may have deeper pockets, enhanced resources and the support of multiple governmental agencies, small towns often rely more on creative grassroots initiatives and idea sharing with other like-sized municipalities.

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Blending Art and History in the Upper Peninsula

Early mining prospectors established operations in the western Upper Peninsula, along the Montreal River which formed the border with Wisconsin, in the early 1870s. Within a decade, Ironwood – in what would become Gogebic County – was incorporated, welcoming residents from throughout the United States as well as European countries like England, Finland, Germany, Italy, Poland and Sweden. It was this growing global community which created the colorful culture that is still celebrated and evolving today.

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Great Lakes Lighthouses & Keepers the Focus of September 13-17 Manitou Windjammer Cruise

One of the most unique hands-on Pure Michigan experiences is to spend several days sailing the freshwaters aboard a dual-masted tall ship. You’re invited to board one of the largest sailing vessels in the Great Lakes during one of these autumn windjammer cruises aboard the Tall Ship Manitou with the Traverse Tall Ship Company. Coming up September 13-17 is a four-day excursion focused on the hundreds of historic lighthouses throughout the Great Lakes region with best-selling author and freelance travel writer, Dianna Stampfler.

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An Illuminating Lady – Elizabeth Whitney Williams

A Child of the Sea was a more than just the title of Elizabeth Whitney Williams’ 1905 autobiography – it was an accurate moniker for the Michigan-born woman who became one of the longest-serving lighthouse keepers in the entire Great Lakes region. One of her earliest recollections was wandering down to the coastline to gaze upon the vastness of the freshwaters before her. It entranced her then just as it did for the ninety-plus years of her life living in Michigan.

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Meetings with a Watery View

With more miles of Great Lakes shoreline than any other state – not to mention 11,000-plus inland lakes and 36,000 miles of rivers and streams – finding meeting spaces with magnificent coastal views may be easier than you think. From board meetings, conferences and awards banquets to retreats, team building and cocktail receptions, Michigan delivers a variety of venues from coat to coast (to coast) for unparalleled events.

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