Regional Prosperity Initiative Projects

A summary report of past projects will be available soon.

For the 2017 RPI Application, the list of approved projects is as follows:


Fruit & Vegetable Processing Feasibility Study, Phase 1: The project will build on the research and findings from the UP Meat Processing Feasibility Study, to be completed in December 2016. This project aims to realize what type of local produce and quantity institutional and retail consumers are willing to purchase and what price they are willing to pay. Phase 1 of this project will involve surveying farmers and consumers in the Central U.P., collecting and analyzing data, etc.

Career Tech Education (CTE) Support: CUPPAD will continue to work with CTE leaders and resources to enhance and increase CTE programs; update and improve the CTE Asset Map created in 2016; support any State of Michigan initiatives to market and support CTE programs.

Energy Efficiency Education: CUPPAD, working with various partners (MTU’s KRC, MEO, workforce/EDOs, etc.), intends to perform direct outreach to businesses to create awareness of funding opportunities for clean energy projects, provide assistant with understanding energy bills, and provide information about Michigan’s RETAP (Retired Engineer Technical Assistance Program) and its requirements for an energy audit. CUPPAD will also develop sample language that local units can incorporate into local policy to allow growth in clean energy solutions.

‘Prosperity Places’ Mini-Grant Program: Building on the success of the 2016 effort, 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 that where people want to live, work, and play. CUPPAD will use criteria created in 2016 for project selection as well as market and administer the grants. Grants will have a 1 to 1 match requirement.

Support for Economic Development Organizations: Continuing the support from 2016, CUPPAD will again request funds to support the economic development organizations (or optionally DDAs) in each of the central six counties. Support will be for activities, events, or technology that enhances or improves economic development in the area.

Local Online Presence: CUPPAD will offer several workshops in each County where attendees will learn the tools to build and maintain low-cost and easy to maintain websites (such as Wix or WordPress).

Arts and Culture Enhancement: With the intent to support cultural tourism, CUPPAD will provide supporting funds to the development of a U.P. Arts & Culture Alliance and the development of an existing UP Arts & Culture map (

Pure Michigan Campaign: Continuing the effort from 2016, these funds will help raise additional matching dollars from area businesses, visitors bureaus, and others in the tourism industry for a Regional Pure Michigan campaign.

Support for Entrepreneurial Award Programs: CUPPAD will provide support to SmartPrize and Upward’s Business Plan Competition.