Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer embarked on her Upper Peninsula tour on Tuesday, August 13, 2019. Her first stop was the state’s oldest city, Sault Ste. Marie, located at the northernmost border of the eastern U.P and home to the internationally-renown Soo Locks. At the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation, she met with local officials,
economic developers, manufacturers, business people.
In her presentation, Whitmer discussed her plans for growing Michigan’s economy. She covered the topic of the impending Soo Locks renovation with Great Lakes 2020, a plan that supports federal funding for the project. She also discussed the state budget, its impact on manufacturing, economic development, and Michigan roads, as well as plans to expand broadband access to areas of the state that are currently under served.
Following her presentation, Governor Whitmer held a brief Q&A with attendees.
“We were very pleased to have Governor Whitmer here at our Smartzone, along with Michigan Economic Development Corporation director Jeff Mason,” said Jeff Holt, executive director of the Sault EDC. “We look forward to our continuing relationship with our partners in Lansing.” Mayor Anthony Bosbous presented the governor with a list of local legislative priorities and City Commissioner Kathleen Twardy presented her with a gift basket of local treasures.
While in the Sault, Governor Whitmer also visited the Soo Locks for a first-hand look at the existing infrastructure that has been a top priority since she took office.
Subsequent stops on her tour included Newberry, Marquette, and Escanaba, where she will speak at the U.P. State Fair.