Upper Pinsula UP Sucess Stories

Lansing Commitment will generate more than $119 Million of Holiday Cheer throughout Upper Peninsula

HOUGHTON, Michigan (December 21, 2018) – Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is celebrating the recent appropriation of $119.3 million and the creation of numerous new jobs by the outgoing Michigan State Legislature. The approved funds will leverage an additional $37 million of additional public and private investments, for a total of more than $156 million expected to…

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Private and Public Resources Work Together to Brew a Start-Up Success for Barrel + Beam in Marquette, Michigan

MARQUETTE, Michigan (November 13, 2018) – When Marina Dupler and Nick Vancourt began tossing around the idea of starting a brewery that crafts world-class farmhouse and barrel-aged real ale, they knew they would need plenty of support. Thanks to the business-friendly Upper Peninsula community, they got it. The collaboration at the heart of Marquette-based Barrel…

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$5 Million Commercial Loan Program Created to Stimulate Gogebic County Jobs

Strategic initiative in response to Ojibway Correctional Facility closing

MARQUETTE, Michigan (November 1, 2018) – InvestUP is supporting economic development activities to help offset the Ojibway Correctional Facility closing in Marenisco Township of Gogebic County. Their efforts are focused on developing a resource stimulus program to create jobs within existing businesses and start-ups. InvestUP members mBank, headquartered in Manistique, and People’s State Bank of…

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New Longyear Company Creates High-tech Jobs and Strengthens Upper Peninsula’s Medical Device Cluster

MARQUETTE, Michigan. (October 31, 2018) Michigan’s Governor Rick Snyder recently visited the Upper Peninsula to celebrate the launch of a medical device company that will bring new job opportunities to the region.  Able Medical Devices, a new holding of Longyear, began production early this summer. The company got off to a strong start with an…

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Fittante to Lead InvestUP as CEO

MARQUETTE, MI October 26, 2018 – The InvestUP Board of Directors has named Marty Fittante as the organization’s new CEO, effective January 1, 2019. Fittante has represented the Upper Peninsula region in Lansing in multiple roles for more than a decade. Currently the chief of staff for Michigan State Senator Tom Casperson, he also serves…

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Aerospace Industry Association of Michigan to Host Upper Peninsula Aerospace Expo


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  HOUGHTON, MI, September 28, 2018— The Aerospace Industry Association of Michigan (AIAM), in partnership with Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC), will be hosting an aerospace expo in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The event will take place October 15-16 at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan. “Michigan has continuously been ranked as a top…

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UP Leadership Summit

InvestUP invites you to attend an executive-level conversation with other U.P. leaders to discuss the local business climate and to work with the State of Michigan to develop real solutions.

This event will bring together leaders from industry, academia, and state and local government to develop strategic growth priorities for the U.P. and to identify practical, actionable, local capabilities, tools, and resources to implement agreed-upon outcomes. Dave DeVries, Director of the State of Michigan, Department of Technology, Management, and Budget, and his team will be…

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mBank Supports Beacon House with New Campaign

MARQUETTE, Michigan (September 12, 2018)  mBank is pleased to announce its newest community outreach campaign by donating $100 for each qualifying checking, savings or money market account it opens now through October 31, 2018. Participating branches include all Upper Peninsula branches: Marquette, Negaunee, Ishpeming, Manistique, Escanaba, Newberry, Stephenson and Sault St. Marie. This donation is…

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InvestUP Seeks an Executive Director to Lead Business and Talent Development Across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

InvestUP seeks an Executive Director to lead business and talent development across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.   InvestUP is a private sector-led economic development initiative keenly focused on driving economic growth across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Founded by the region’s leading private sector businesses and universities, its mission is to deliver business and job growth for the…

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