2012-08-23 / Community

Public forums set

LANSING – Two community forums regarding transportation issues will take place in the Upper Peninsula this month.

Sponsored by the Transportation for Michigan coalition, the forums are designed to generate input to Gov. Rick Snyder, the Michigan Legislature and policymakers as they create a shared transportation vision for the state.

The forums will take place on Aug. 29, from 2-4 p.m. in Escanaba at the Michigan Technical Education Center at Bay College and 6-8 p.m. at the Michigan Works! Service Center in Marquette. The general public is encouraged to join.

The forums are sponsored by the Upper Peninsula Economic Development Alliance, Upward Initiative Growing Business and Industry, Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers, the MTEC at Bay College, Michigan Works!, Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center, and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center.

“People are excited about the prospects for improving Michigan’s roads, public transportation options and bikeand pedestrian-friendly towns,” said Kathryn Gray, coordinator of the Trans4M coalition. “They’re sharing that with us during these forums, and we will be sharing it with lawmakers and policy experts as we move toward a reliable, efficient and interconnected transportation system for our state.”

Transportation for Michigan (www.trans4m.org) is a statewide coalition working to create a stronger Michigan through transportation policy reform that will revitalize Michigan’s cities and towns, reconnect its people to opportunity, and spark a healthier economy. Trans4M coalition partners include nonprofits, businesses, policymakers, environmental groups, planners, academic institutions and others.

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