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Interview with Laura Coleman, President of Bay College

Dr. Laura Coleman, President of Bay de Noc Community College in Escanaba, MI, is one of the most respected community college leaders in Michigan and across the country. In this interview we discuss lots of interesting information about higher education in the Upper Peninsula and in Michigan.

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New Podcast Featuring Bay College President, Jump Start a Heart, Crocs and the UP, Pastivism, and Copper Harbor Visitor Explosion

New podcast featuring the President of Bay College, jump start a heart, Crocs and the UP, Pastivism, and Copper Harbor visitor explosion. Read this week’s Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes!

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Gender and Factory Work in the Upper Peninsula – Part One

A thorough history of the non-mining industries in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan has not been fully developed over the years, and the story of female factory workers has rarely been mentioned. Part One of this two-part series by Russell Magnaghi provides new insights into the history of women’s heritage in this region.

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Interview with UP State Senator Ed McBroom

In the latest episode of the Rural Insights Podcast, David Haynes interviews Ed McBroom, a Republican member of the Michigan Senate, representing the 38th district in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Is McBroom considering a run for Governor next election? Watch or listen to this excellent interview to find out!

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News for UP Veterans, US Census and First District UP, Wolf Hunting, Short-Term Rentals, and 70,000 Degrees Through Michigan Connect

News just for UP veterans, US Census effect on 1st Congressional District’s electoral voice, wolf hunting in the UP, short-term rentals and local versus state control, 70,000 set to receive degree through Michigan Connect, and new podcast on Rural Insights. Read this week’s Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes!

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UP Challenges for the Governor’s Office of Rural Development

The Upper Peninsula faces many challenges as a rural region that Governor Whitmer’s Office of Rural Development seeks to address–namely broadband access, infrastructure, and recruiting and retaining talent.

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Raising Awareness of Local Industry Needs Through Talent Initiatives

Talent is needed everywhere these days, and the Dickinson County area is experiencing a tight labor market like many communities, according to Lois Ellis, Director of Economic Development for the Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance. Read about the current programs they are offering to help raise awareness of the most in-demand careers.

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Webinar on Federal COVID-19 Funding for U.P. Schools, Michigan Learning Channel, Lansing Updates, and COVID-19 Vaccinations in Rural Areas

Joint Rural Insights and CRC-Sponsored Webinar on May 26th, Michigan Learning Channel and the Upper Peninsula, Lansing Updates, COVID-19 Vaccinations and Rural Areas, & Appearing This Week on Rural Insights Website. Read this week’s edition of Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes!

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New Research Publication Analyzes GDP in the Upper Peninsula

NMU student researcher Max Steele gives a detailed quantitative analysis of the Upper Peninsula’s GDP using data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, in his latest research paper published on Rural Insights.

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New Podcast Interview, U.P. Impacts from State Budget, New Marquette City Manager, U.P. Internet Advances, and U.P. University Vaccination Decisions

New Podcast Interview, U.P. Impacts from State Budget, New Marquette City Manager, U.P. Internet Advances, and Michigan and U.P. University Vaccination Decisions to Be Made. Read this week’s Rural Whispers, Noise and Rumors by David Haynes.

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