THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
SUTTONS BAY, Michigan — Business leaders are criticizing a decision
by the Leelanau County commission to abolish its economic development
corporation and reject a partnership with nearby Grand Traverse County
that is designed to promote growth.
Meeting in Suttons Bay on April 8, commissioners said
the northwestern Lower Peninsula county is wealthy enough already and
that they don't want growth. They said it's up to people to find their
own jobs and businesses to make their own plans.
"We've been a county for over 150 years," Commissioner
Karen Zemaitis said at the meeting. "The people in this county have
always managed to make a living, whether it was fishing or
ice-marketing. Times changed, that didn't work, they went to
agriculture, cherries. Now they have the wineries.
"These independent, intelligent people in our county
can make a living for themselves. They can develop their own economic
community, they can figure out what it takes to have a business here.
They can adapt." More here.