Michigan's Western Gateway, New Jobs in the UP

By Mike Brownfield | August 12, 2013

Governor Snyder's Upper Peninsula Tour

Governor Rick Snyder kicked off a week-long tour of the Upper Peninsula in Ironwood on Monday with a dedication of the "Western Gateway to Pure Michigan" trailhead -- the starting point of a trail that leads from Ironwood to Belle Isle in Detroit. The governor called for the trail project last year in his special message on Energy and the Environment..

The dedication took place in Miner's Heritage Memorial Park, next to the city's railroad depot -- a site that was also renovated as part of the trailhead project. 

Ironwood is located at the westernmost part of the Upper Peninsula at Michigan's border with Wisconsin, just 15 miles south of Lake Superior. The town dates back to 1885 and has its roots in the mining industry.

mine in the UP

Following the trail dedication, Governor Snyder visited the Orvana Copperwood Mine, a project that is yet to begin. Governor Snyder surveyed the mine site and efforts to preserve and protect the wetland environment surrounding the mine.

Victoria Dam in the UP

The governor then traveled to Rockland, in Ontonagan County, to visit the UPPCO Victoria Hydro Dam -- a renewable energy generation facility that helps ensure a reliable energy source for the Upper Peninsula.

More and Better Jobs for the Upper Peninsula

MTEC in the UP

In the afternoon, Governor Snyder made his way to Houghton, where he toured the MTEC Smart Zone facility, met with small-business owners and congratulated the organization on 10 years of helping spur job growth in the Upper Peninsula.

MTEC Smart Zone is a high-tech small-business incubator -- a team of professionals that provides facilities, resources, and know-how to help entrepreneurs develop their ideas, grow their businesses and create jobs. To date, MTEC has helped create 351 jobs through its efforts.

The governor finished his day in Hancock, where he held a town hall with Michiganders at Finlandia University.