2019 Proposed Projects

The Central U.P. RPI Council proposes the following projects for funding in 2019:

Detailed Project Descriptions *Denotes similar project being undertaken by one other Region 1 sub-region – either WUP or EUP. **Denotes all three Region 1 sub-regions undertaking similar project.

[Total Request: $340,000] 

RPI Administration/General RPI: As the administrator and fiduciary of the RPI funds in Region 1B, CUPPAD staff works behind the scenes to manage project implementation, meeting organization and facilitation, planning efforts to align projects with Upward 2025, as well as general grant administration and fiduciary responsibilities. [Amount: $87,000] [Leveraged: CUPPAD staff and resources, valued 1:1]

**EDO Support: CUPPAD is requesting funds to support the economic development organizations in each of the central six counties. The proposed $60,000 will have flexibility in its application and may be used for enhancing small business development, arts and cultural interventions, education, and assistance to Downtown Development Authorities or Downtown Business Associations. Unspent funds will become available for another EDO to apply for in the event some funding is unspent by December 2019. Leverage for this activity depends on the type of activity an EDO would apply it toward, such as capitalizing a DDA’s façade improvement program with a 1:1 match. However, it is understood that with increased organizational capacity comes a greater ability to leverage the skills and resources of the organization in the future. [Requested: $60,000] [Leveraged: $60,000].

**Prosperous Places Mini-Grant Program: Building on the success of the previous efforts, CUPPAD will again, encourage communities in each of the central six counties to invest in placemaking by offering a competitive grant program that will help create vibrant places where people want to live, work, and play.

CUPPAD will use criteria created in 2016 for project selection as well as marketing and administration of the grants. In 2017, Prosperous Places grants leveraged an estimated $120,000 match of cash and in-kind work, with 2018 projects still in progress. Grants will have a minimum 1 to 1 match requirement. We also expect to leverage MSU National Charrette Institute’s Placemaking Training program (November 2018) as an incentive for building more robust placemaking projects; allowing attendees to count their registration fee for this event as match and giving preference to communities that have attended the program.  [Requested: $60,000] [Leverage: $120,000 in addition to MSU NCI’s Placemaking Training program]

*IncDev – Small Real Estate Developer Training and Capacity Building: Over 2019 the RPI Council, in tandem with the Western U.P. region, will employ the expertise of the Incremental Development Alliance to cultivate new and grow capacity of existing small scale real estate developers for the purposes of redeveloping properties in state and county land banks. Through this training program, municipalities and county land banks will receive in-depth technical assistance to remove local barriers to implementation. The training will recruit 5-10 small developers in the region to receive project level assistance to activate land bank controlled properties. The Workshop’s curriculum teaches the strategy behind formulating a real estate project appropriate at the neighborhood scale, using the power of small incremental steps over time to achieve an economically healthy place. Funds will be leveraged with the Western U.P. region’s $10,000 for the same activity. [Requested: $10,000] [Leveraged: $10,000 in addition to labor and resources from area land banks].

Triple Threat Economic Resiliency Strategy and Implementation Plan: Northern Michigan University, Lake Superior Community Partnership (EDO), UPWARD Talent Council (Workforce), and CUPPAD propose to collaborate on the development of a U.S. EDA-funded recovery strategy that will consider major disruptions to the region’s economy on the horizon, focusing on large employers in the mining and energy industries. The project partners propose to develop an economic resiliency strategy in the wake of the idling of the Empire Mine and future disruptions from the closure of the Presque Isle Power Plant and expected end life of the Eagle Mine. The strategy will assess the impacts from multiple perspectives (industry, talent, and local government), then propose a recovery strategy with implementation steps. The strategy will also provide an analysis of industry clusters and employment/skills to determine how the Central U.P. can take steps to adapt and grow in future growth industries. Funds for this project are anticipated to be leveraged by seeking match funding from local and industry partners, as well as a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration which we will apply for in November 2018. [Requested: $25,000] [Leveraged: $75,000 anticipated]

**U.P. Arts and Culture Alliance – Economic Impact Analysis: An economic impact analysis (EIA) will be done across the entire Upper Peninsula for the arts and culture sector similar to the one done for the city of Cincinnati. This study will identify creative industries, and numbers of creative and other workers in those creative industries. Project funding is for the planning regions’ labor to do the study and the Alliance’s

marketing/project coordinator. Action items will be identified that will promote and leverage the U.P.’s creative sector. This will give EDOs, planning region commissions, and their partners a common language for arts and culture industries. This shared project is expected to leverage funds from the Eastern and Western U.P. Regions with a match of $32,000, in addition to volunteer labor from the Arts and Culture Alliance. [Requested: $16,500] [Leveraged: $32,000]

**Up North Trails: Michigan is known as “The Trail State,” and this project will expand on the work that was already completed in Networks Northwest and NEMCOG in the Northern Lower Peninsula to map our state’s extensive trails to expand the technology to include the entirety of the Upper Peninsula as well. By using GIS data and integrating it into a single online platform will provide easy access to many in one convenient location. This project will include gathering data from local hiking groups, city, county, and state governments. [Amount: $20,000] [Leveraged: $30,000]

*Support the Public Health Improvement Process: This project is focused on strengthening the regional community health system, by institutionalizing a collaborative health improvement process for effective and measurable population health improvement. Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD), in collaboration with hospitals, and local health departments serving the 15 counties of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, will provide leadership, training, technical assistance, county-level population health data analysis, focus group facilitation, web site development and maintenance, and a framework for developing local health improvement plans. The project will leverage a the Health Department’s $65,000 grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation. In addition, the Health Department is anticipating receiving another $25,000 from a State Cross-Jurisdictional Sharing grant. [Amount: $20,000] [Leveraged: $90,000]

Regional Housing Study – Target Market Analysis Update & Affordability Study: Housing stock, development, and affordability are issues across the Central region and better intelligence on the conditions could be useful for developing a plan of action to meet the region’s changing housing needs. This hybrid study will focus on market rate and affordable housing needs across the Central UP region, with a focus on urbanized areas. Data from the 2016 Target Market Analyses will be updated and will be put into a more user-friendly and accessible format. The study will also determine the locations in the region where affordable housing is most needed and where unaffordability is growing. The project team, led by CUPPAD anticipates applying for grant funds in the future to support the development of this important project. [Requested: $20,000] [Leveraged: Unknown at this time.]

Building Sustainable Trails and Sustainable Economies: A well designed, four-season trail system is crucial for a vibrant, sustainable, tourism-based economy. While some larger cities successfully promote their trail networks many smaller, local units of government would like to start, expand or improve a trail system but lack the expertise, labor or funding. The SWP Great Lakes Conservation Corps (GLCC) designs, builds and maintains trails, footbridges and boardwalks for many local, state and federal landowners and trail organizations. RPI funding is requested to fund GLCC crews (with trucks, tools, etc.) to assist local communities, organizations and businesses with tourism-related trail projects during the 2019 field season. The Conservation Corps proposes to leverage $2,500 of its own staff time and materials to support the project. [Amount: $26,300] [Leveraged: $2,500]