The Marquette Township Community Profile Brochure

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Meeting Reminder Flyer

Good afternoon!  Now that the Holidays are over, it’s time to look forward to our 2018 Board Meetings.  We meet on the third Tuesday of every month at Noon at Hudson’s Classic Grill.  You can click the link below to access a printable meeting reminder flyer for your records!  We hope to see you at our next meeting, Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at Noon at Hudson’s!

MTBA Meeting Reminder 2018

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ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING AND BOARD ELECTIONS

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Township Community Catches the Christmas Spirit at Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Marquette

See more photos from the 2017 Tree Lighting on Sunny.FM

See more photos from the 2017 Tree Lighting on Sunny.FM

Marquette, MI  –  November 28, 2017  –  The Christmas Spirit was in the air tonight as we joined Marquette Township for the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Gathering at the Westwood Mall Parking lot, community members chimed in to sing some Christmas carol favorites. The St. Christopher Carolers started off the night.  Thank you for singing carols to the township’s local singer/composer Dan Adamini from St. Christopher’s Church.

After hearing reports of the Grinch snooping around at BIGGBY Coffee, that sneaky green Christmas thief made his way down the hill and tried to stop us from lighting the tree. He snuck through the crowd and got pretty close to the tree before the Sheriff’s Department grabbed the Grinch and arrested him to save Christmas – just in time too, Santa was arriving!

Santa rode in on a township fire truck to make a grand entrance. Wandering through the parking lot, Mr. Claus said “Hello” to some little boys and girls before making his way to the Great Lakes Radio Stage. With the evil Grinch behind bars, Santa started the count down to flip the switch and light the tree. When the count down reached zero, the switch powered on and we lit the Marquette Charter Township’s biggest tree yet! The crowd watched the lights sparkle in the darkness on the 35 foot tree before turning to head inside the Westwood Mall, where the holiday cheer continued!

New Attitudes Dance Studio was already in the mall ready to perform their dance routines with cookies and juice laid out from Super One Foods and coffee from BIGGBY. The mall was also filled on a number of other attractions like the UPAWS Apparel Store, a display from the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum, and face painting.

What a beautiful family taking their photo with Santa.

What a beautiful family taking their photo with Santa.

We give thanks to Great Lakes Radio, Honor Credit Union, BIGGBY COFFEE, Westwood Mall, Super One Foods, New Attitudes, UPAWS, Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum, the Marquette Township Business Association and of course, everyone from Marquette Charter Township for another great Catch the Christmas Spirit Tree Lighting Ceremony.  We also need to credit Dave & Barbara Wiegand for donating the beautiful the township tree.

The Township events committee members Pete LaRue, Randy Girard, Barb Wiegand, Kate Houtz and Todd Noordyk wish you a very Merry Christmas.

Listen to audio from morning, afternoon, and evening just before the Christmas Tree Lighting:

See 50+ photos from the 2017 Tree Lighting Ceremony on Sunny.FM!

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Membership Drive

The Marquette Township Business Association is gearing up for it’s annual membership drive.  Why should you become a member of the Marquette Township Business Association? Here are 7 reasons:

 1.  Collective Voice – There is power in a strong collective voice. There is ability and influence here. This is nice especially when your back seems against the wall and you need support. We share your same goals and concerns and have banded together for positive business change.

2. Conduit – This association is a conduit to the local governing authority with feedback to our group. At least one joint meeting a year with the township officials helps both of our groups to stay in touch. The township treasurer’s position (currently Ernie Johnson) is a permanent liaison to MTBA appointed by the township board. The township planner/zoning administrator is also present monthly (currently Jason McCarthy) to keep the line of dialog going between the township planning side and the businesses.

3. Inside Scoop – Each month MTBA has a 59 minute lunch with fellow business associates and township representatives. Learn what other business owners’ concerns are and share your views with township officials as they take the comments to the appropriate committees. It has become a very positive process.

4. Out Reach at www.marquettetownship.biz As a member, we will link your business website to MTBA’s website as well as Marquette Township’s website. If you do not have a website, our webmaster and his staff are willing to create a site for your business for a nominal fee. Pictures and happenings in your business can also be featured on the MTBA website, highlighting and welcoming business activities throughout the year. So please forward your email and website address for posting.

5. Membership Growth Director – Your dues help support the membership director, Ashley Krook. Some of her duties include informing you about events and meetings. Forwarding agendas, minutes, and building membership ranks. We have nearly 50 members out of approximately 200 township businesses. We publicize the “First Dollar” through local news media to recognize new ventures in the community. Her phone number is (906) 361-5137 if you have any membership questions.

6. Immediate Assistance – There is always someone available to answer any questions related to owning a business in Marquette Township. Email the MTBA at contact@marquettetownship.biz and we will find answers for you.

7. Community Involvement – By helping the township progress, the MTBA ensures that the township continues to be an area where businesses want to locate. We are a direct connection to the community by publicizing member businesses and creating interaction with residents, businesses and community leaders.

To become a member, you may email the MTBA at contact@marquettetownship.biz , call Frank Stabile at (906) 225-1225 or call Ashley Krook at 906-361-5137.

“Working together to build a strong business community”

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Rep Jack Bergman Visiting October 18

Good afternoon! The MTBA would like you to know that Representative Jack Bergman will be coming to the Township to talk to our community on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 6-8pm at the Marquette Township Community Center.

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Free Energy Savings Seminar

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The Cedar Motor Inn, Family-Owned Since 1967, Celebrates Its 50-Year Anniversary.

Lyn, Reggie, and Kristin make Cedar Motor Inn the same family owned hotel it was 50 years ago.

Lyn, Reggie, and Kristin make Cedar Motor Inn the same family owned hotel it was 50 years ago.

Marquette, MI  –  August 25, 2017  –  Milton “Bud” Kellan, Jr., along with his mother, two sisters and another partner, broke into the motel business 50 years ago. The Queen City Motel, which is what the Cedar Motor Inn was originally called, was one a very few hotels in the area. Before the corporate hotels graced the corridor, Henry and Bernice Bocklund built the Queen City, consisting of 30 rooms. Bud and his partners also bought the Terrace Motel from Bocklund (which was just across on the north side of US41, the spot now occupied by SCI) and sold it a few years later to focus on just one hotel.

While the business and Marquette grew through the ‘70s, Bud and a few other hoteliers created the Marquette Country Convention and Visitors Bureau, which is now known as Travel Marquette, and spent somewhere around 15 years as its President. Bud added the two-story pool addition, which was opened in January 1980, offering 14 more rooms. Over the course of the next few years, the spa was added and the entire motel was enclosed with a heated cedar hallway thus converting the motel to a small-scale hotel. The exterior was sided with cedar and the name was changed to the Cedar Motor Inn.

A wide shot from the hot tube, you can see tanning chairs next to the pool!

Nephew Reggie became a partner in the ‘80s while living out of state, and daughter Kristin worked for Uncle Bud while attending Northern Michigan University during that time. When Uncle Bud and his sister Betty finally retired in 2005, Reg and Lyn joined Kristin in Marquette and took over the business. Kristin became a partner a few years later and has since worked her way up, earning the title of General Manager and becoming the fourth generation in the business.

Occupancy has doubled under the Durants and many more changes to the property have occurred inside and out in the 12 years they’ve owned it. Lyn continued another of Bud’s legacies when she spent a few years on the CVB board as Vice President (but left to pursue other interests) and Reggie now holds the office of Treasurer.

The 2.1-acre vista has gone through many changes in the last 50 years and more are expected. Only time will tell what the future will bring. “It’s an ongoing process as we continue to evolve for our guests,” Lyn said of the business, “but I think Uncle Bud would be proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish for him”.

Check out a full spotlight article for Marquette Township’s Cedar Motor Inn. Learn more about the inn by watching the video below!

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Upcoming Agenda including Joint Meeting Agenda!

Good evening!  On Tuesday, August 15, the MTBA will be having their quarterly joint meeting with the Marquette Township Board.  We will be meeting at 11:30 am at the Marquette Township Hall to have our regular board meeting with the joint meeting to follow at noon.

Please click the link below for our regular agenda:

8.8.2017 for 8.15.2017

Please click the link below for our joint meeting agenda:

joint meeting agenda 8.15.2017

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June Meeting Minutes

Please click the link below to access June 2017 meeting minutes:

6.20.17 minutes

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