Mining and the community


Menominee County is at a pivotal point, and we are seeking your input as the community focuses on the future.

If you live or work in the area, you know the development of an open-pit mine in Lake Township has been proposed. This is a pivotal point for the community and an opportunity for you to share your perspective on a path forward.

As a professor of economics, I am interested in capturing your views and opinions on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of mining in and around Menominee County. The best way to do this is through open and transparent dialogue, so I am inviting you to participate in one of several 60-minute focus group discussions.

We are looking for participation from people who fall between the two extreme views on mining and the community, and who come from different economic, political, social, and cultural backgrounds.

Since we are talking with a limited number of people, the success and quality of our discussion will depend on the full participation of the people who attend. To ensure you feel comfortable and can speak freely about this topic we will not have any mining representatives present at the sessions. In addition, we will not allow cameras or video equipment inside.

The focus groups take place between Saturday, March 10 and Friday, March 16, 2018. Once the data from the groups has been analyzed we’ll share a summary report with the community.

For more information or to register, please go to We look forward to talking with you soon.

Tawni Hunt Ferrarini,

PhD in Economics