CUPPAD gets new executive director

ESCANABA — With a staff of six professional planners, GIS technicians, and economic developers, the CUPPAD Regional Commission has often operated “behind the scenes” serving the Central U.P. region by helping build the capacity of 87 units of local government, six counties and the Hannahville Indian Community to access important resources.

Dotty LaJoye, formerly senior planner for Marquette County, has recently joined CUPPAD as the organization’s executive director.

“I consider it a privilege to join the dedicated team of CUPPAD, which for over 30 years has had a key role in assisting local units of government and nonprofits with critical services that help their capacity, efficiency, and impact. We are excited to share with you some of the key successes we have had during 2016 as we are equally thrilled to anticipate a successful 2017 helping the central U.P. thrive,” she said.

Cumulatively, CUPPAD staff leveraged over $1 million in state and federal funding bringing these funds directly to the Central Upper Peninsula. Perhaps the most significant include the Regional Prosperity Initiative grant through the State of Michigan, and a national grant in the amount of $460,000 from the National Place Making Fund. Recognizing the significance of capturing these highly competitive funds, reflects CUPPAD’s staff’s commitment, dedication and passion for ensuring the economic vitality of the central Upper Peninsula.

CUPPAD is located at 2950 College Ave., Escanaba, and can be reached at (906) 786-9234 or