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Center for Rural Community and Economic Development

The Center for Rural Community and Economic Development at Northern Michigan University will combine research, public service, education, and training to enhance the quality of life, support economic development and improve the delivery of services in the Upper Peninsula and surrounding region.

What Do We Do?

The Center for Rural Community and Economic Development will work hand-in-hand with local government, non-profit and private sector leaders to develop innovative solutions to complex policy issues. The Center will also provide hands-on experiences for future leaders to prepare them for the challenges facing rural communities in the Upper Peninsula.

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"The Empire Mine Layoff and Economic Future of the West End and Marquette County".  Authors: Dr. Michael J. Broadway and Olivia Engelhardt.  Study prepared for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and TED in support of Project Empire. <a href="/ruralandlocal/sites/DrupalRuralAndLocal/files/UserFiles/Proj_EmpireFinalReport7272017-1.pdf">Download the PDF</a>The U.P. has 15 counties, 26 cities and 149 townships. The total population from the is 309,737 (2007 census estimate); the average age of residents is 40.7 (2005 census); and the average household income is $38,834 (2005 census). <a href="http://www.nmu.edu/ruralandlocal/node/10">County-by-county data </a>

NMU’s Impact on the U.P. Economy

NMU has a rich history with the Upper Peninsula. Its economic impact has been seen directly and indirectly. The 2012 Economic Impact Report is available to view in full or to view the summary

Center for Rural Community and Economic Developmentrural@nmu.edu906-227-2103