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Discussing the New Office of Rural Development with Gary McDowell

In the latest episode of the Rural Insights Podcast, David Haynes sits down once again with former U.P. legislator and current director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development Gary McDowell to discuss the newly-created Office of Rural Development.

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Max Steele’s Analysis of Earned Income Tax Credit in the Upper Peninsula

In a new paper, NMU student and Rural Insights research contributor Max Steele looks at the unique factors of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula that vary across counties, such as wealth, income, and population, and how those factors affect the applicability of the Earned Income Tax Credit.

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Karen Kovacs, City Manager of Marquette, Michigan

In the latest episode of the Rural Insights Podcast, David Haynes sits down with Karen Kovacs, the new City Manager for Marquette. Kovacs was officially appointed as the Marquette City Manager on May 24, 2021.

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New Paper: Recent Population Changes in the U.P. Amidst the Pandemic

A new research paper by NMU professor and Rural Insights contributor Michael Broadway and NMU student and research assistant Joslin Brown looks at the population changes in the Upper Peninsula amidst the Covid pandemic.

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Taking a Look at Housing Rental Cost Dynamics in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

In this newly-published research paper, NMU’s Dr. Weronika Kusek and Max Steele take a look at the issue of rising rental costs across four counties in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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