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Food Safety, New Markets Tax Credit both passed U.S. Legislature

Two pieces of legislation that could significantly impact rural areas have been passed this week.  On Tuesday, the United States House of Representatives voted to pass S. 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act.  The House had passed the bill earlier in the year, but the Senate made significant changes to it, including adding several amendments,...

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MRN Member Profile – Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency

Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency serves 10 counties in the northwestern part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. The award winning organization has offices in Traverse City, Cadillac and Petoskey and works to help people by “linking services, resources and opportunities”. The Agency is involved in many aspects of housing, education and community services. They offer nutritional...

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MRN MEMBER PROFILE – Northern Initiatives

To help get to know the Michigan Rural Network as individuals and organizations, the MRN will post a profile of a member organization every week. This week’s member organization is Northern Initiatives. Northern Initiatives is an economic development nonprofit located in Marquette, Michigan that serves 44 northern counties in Michigan and 5 in Wisconsin. Its...

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U.S. Senate’s lame duck session

The U.S. Senate is scheduled to convene on Monday, November 15, however no votes are scheduled to be taken on any matter until sometime on Wednesday, November 17.  As of November 5, the following bills are the only ones which appear on the Senate calendar: S.3815, the Promoting National Gas and Electric Vehicles Act of...

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Can Rural Communities Succeed?

This post is written by guest blogger Allan Hooper.  Allan is Econominc Development Director for Consumers Energy, Chairman of Rural Partners of Michigan, and is a Coordinating Partner for Michigan Rural Network. Do rural communities face challenges? Sure. Are they insurmountable? They don’t have to be. Are there opportunities? You bet. Several trends actually favor...

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Michigan’s Upper Peninsula – What’s the Future?

Last week I had the privilege of travelling to Marquette to attend the U.P. Nonprofit Conference, put on by the Great Lakes Center for Youth Development.  Some might not consider the 7-hour trip from “downstate” to be a privilege, but the color explosion in Munising on a sunny fall day is reward enough for me...

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MRN MEMBER PROFILE – Generation E Institute

To help get to know the Michigan Rural Network as individuals and organizations, the MRN will post a profile of a member organization every week. This week’s member organization is the Generation E Institute. The non-profit Institute, operating since 2004 in Battle Creek, Michigan, works to increase awareness and excitement regarding the value of youth...

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Meet Charlie – MRN Program Assistant and AmeriCorps Extraordinaire

My name is Charlie Kelley and I was hired to be the Program Assistant to the Michigan Rural Network through the AmeriCorps Program. I am very excited to be a part of the development of the network and to benefit from the wealth of resources associated with the AmeriCorps Program. I graduated from Northern Michigan...