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Viability Lab Recognized for Plan to Transform Michigan's Mackinac Straits Area

Bringing together disparate funding sources and community organizations and leaders, Viability Lab's ongoing efforts to elevate Mackinac County's economy, its profile, and its residents were recently featured in a series of articles in Crain's Detroit Business, as well as local TV news.

The Mackinac Area is known for its fudge, summer tourism, and storybook Mackinac Island, where motor vehicles have been banned since 1901. Despite its success, some aspects of the Mackinac area economy leave room for improvement.

Viability Lab is currently in the thick of planning and securing funding for a slate of potential projects that reimagine how Mackinac County could launch and support a thriving year-round economy, with little impact to its summer tourism dollars.

For a comprehensive overview of what's in the works, check out Crain's Detroit Business' recent series of articles on Viability Lab's involvement with these projects. Since Viability Lab is contracting with the Mackinac Economic Alliance (MEA) to spearhead the effort, wherever the MEA is mentioned or Chris Byrnes, our founder, is quoted, that indicates Viability Lab involvement.

Please visit these links to get a glimpse of Viability in action! (May require subscription.)

Michigan TV news outlets have taken notice of our involvement in the ferry electrification project as well!



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