SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED – Members of the community’s newly formed “Sault United” met at the Ramada Plaza Ojibway Hotel on Nov. 29 to put their signatures on a memorandum of understanding that formally creates the group and sets its course. The group is a coalition formed between the City of Sault Ste. Marie, Lake Superior State University, Sault Area Public Schools, the Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District and War Memorial Hospital that seeks to help make Sault Ste. Marie more of a university town, instead of just a town with a university, and in doing so improve the community itself. The group looks to develop and improve flow to and from LSSU and downtown, expand recreational and retail activities, and expand and improve the community’s educational opportunities and healthcare offerings. It also seeks to expand awareness among college students as to what the community has to offer, and improve economic opportunities and job growth. The group has its origins from a Michigan Municipal League-funded study that pointed out some objectives that the group may wish to pursue. Representatives of Sault United pictured here include Sault Downtown Development Authority Director Justin Knepper, seated, and, left-to-right, Sault Mayor Tony Bosbous, Sault Area Public Schools Superintendent Tim Hall, LSSU President Tony McLain, War Memorial Hospital CEO David Jahn, Michigan Municipal League Representative Caroline Kennedy, EUPISD Superintendent Dan Reattoir, Sault Economic Development Corporation Director Kristen Claus, Sault City Manager Spencer Nebel, and MML Representative Heather VanPoucker. (Photo by John Shibley/LSSU)
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