Infrastructure provides the backbone for our economy.

Are we investing in the infrastructure for the new economy?

Municipal water and sewer expansions take a significant time to permit and build. If the municipal water and sewer capabilities are at their limits, businesses looking to expand or relocate to a new facility may not be in a position to wait for the completion of an expansion project. It is important that communities plan for sufficient capacity reserve to accommodate new service and provide for time to properly plan additional expansions.
Wireless services are important public amenities, especially for younger population demographics, and are highly desirable in targeted areas such as pedestrian friendly commercial corridors and public areas. The existence of Municipal WiFi is an indicator of support for new infrastructure development important for growth and investment.
The next-generation of broadband service is providing speeds over 1 Gigabit per Second (Gbps). These speeds rely on fiber optic wires that run all the way to the premises referred to Fiber To The Home (FTTH) or Fiber To The Premises (FTTP). FTTH Consumers consistently rate it as the fastest and most reliable broadband technology. They also appreciate that fiber networks can deliver many unique broadband services for medicine, education, home-based businesses, home automation and entertainment. “There’s growing evidence among economic development officials that fiber connectivity encourages businesses to stay, helps businesses grow and become more productive, and attracts new businesses, particularly in high-tech industries.” (Broadband Communities 2013) In the United States, one of every five households is within reach of fiber, and nearly 10 million households are using FTTH services now.

Source: A Framework for Growth & Investment in Northwest Michigan

Waste Water Treatment Plant Source: MDEQ NMS Web Inquiry System

Municipal WiFi Source: Growth & Investment Area Studies / Commercial Corridor Inventories

FTTP Source: The National Broadband Map

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