Superior Trade Zone created

ESCANABA – Gov. Rick Snyder held a ceremonial bill signing of SB 397 (PA 238’13) and HB 4782 (PA 239’13) at the Delta County Historical Society, Dr. John Beaumeir Museum Building.

State Senator Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba), Rep. Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan) and Rep. John Kivela (D-Marquette) sponsored bi-partisan legislation that overwhelming passed to create the opportunity for a sixth Next Michigan Development District in Michigan.

“We are grateful for the bi-partisan effort and leadership from the governor to bring a much needed economic development tool to the Upper Peninsula,” said Jim O’Toole, Escanaba city manager. “This is really about people working together to get something done.”

The proposed Superior Trade Zone joins the five Next Michigan Development Corporations created under the law in 2010: Vantage Port, Port Lansing, I 69 International Trade Corridor, the Grand Traverse Region and the West Michigan Economic Partnership.

Superior Trade Zone is a unique platform for collaboration in the Upper Peninsula. The organization will focus on coordinated marketing and business development programs accelerating business growth in the region. Initial community partners include Marquette County, Delta County, the city of Escanaba and the city of Marquette.

“There is a lot of work to do, but we are excited about the strong community support to harness area talent to encourage investment and job creation,” said William Vajda, Marquette city manager. “Economic development policy must be built upon local strengths and supporting existing business.”