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New developments moving forward in the area

ESCANABA — I am very pleased that I am getting more potential business and project questions recently, as prospective and current business owners are looking into expansion projects in the area. Many of these have been in the works, but were delayed due the COVID-19 pandemic. The Escanaba DDA’s four façade projects are moving forward and will have a positive impact on the businesses taking part in the program. The Proxima Management Group’s brownfield plan for the hotel project by the old jail property in downtown Escanaba was approved by the City’s Brownfield Authority on Sept. 10 and will be in front of the city council for final approval at the Sept. 17 meeting. The development of that lakefront area property will be a catalyst for further development at that end of downtown Escanaba.

The 9th Street project in Gladstone is looking really good and is going to have a major impact for their downtown! I also want to congratulate the Gladstone City Commission and the Gladstone DDA on the approval of the DDA’s amended plan. This will extend their relationship until March 31, 2041. The Amended Plan includes many potential projects within the DDA footprint that will enhance the area for visitors and citizens of Gladstone. This is a great example of the partnership between the two groups.

Fall sports plans have started to kickoff for high schools and colleges in the state. I want to wish all of the participants a safe and successful season as they look to compete in very unique circumstances. It will be a challenge for the many fans to not be in attendance for their favorite teams, but I am glad they will have an opportunity to play!

The 2021 Island Resort & Casino Championship will show case the LPGA Symetra Tour event on June 10-13 , 2021. I am already looking forward to the top golf that will be on display! It is always a great weekend to be able to show case the area to many visitors & see all of the area volunteers come together to make the event a success.

The U.P. has started to see increases in COVID-19 cases at a much higher level than in the past. Most of the increases were expected as college campuses opened and having Labor Day festivities. The weekend attracted many visitors to the U.P., which also contributes to the potential increases. The next month will be very important to our children attending school, our businesses that are trying to restart and our families health. Listen to our health officials guidance as we look to minimize what will soon be the normal flu season. If everyone does their best, we will get through this pandemic and look forward to plans for a great 2021. Stay safe.

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Ed Legault is director of the Delta County Economic Development Alliance

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