Daily Archive: November 18, 2023

Mackinac Island’s Arch Rock viewing area to close for construction of $7.5M nature center

MACKINAC ISLAND, MI – The viewing platform for Mackinac Island’s most famous rock formation will soon close.

The upper viewing area of Arch Rock, known as the Arch Rock Plaza, will close on Monday, Sept. 11, as construction crews begin a $7.5 million project to construct the Milliken Nature Center in the area.

The area will remain closed to all traffic, including carriages, bicycles, and pedestrians, through at least April of 2024, according to Mackinac State Historic Parks.

Guests will be able to view Arch Rock from M-185, the shoreline road that circles Mackinac Island, and walk the stairway known as Spring Trail to the Arch Rock viewing platform.

“The Milliken Nature Center will be a welcome and fitting addition to the Arch Rock area,” said Mackinac State Historic Parks Director Steve Brisson. “In order for this structure to be ready for guests during the 2024 season construction must start soon. While we empathize with guests who may not be able to fully visit Arch Rock this fall, we are confident future guests will appreciate and enjoy the new Milliken Nature Center.”

Arch Rock, a unique natural limestone arch, stands on Lake Huron’s shoreline 146 feet above the Great Lake and can be seen from the island’s perimeter. It has been visited by millions of people since humans first came to the island.

The Arch Rock Plaza will be closed at the intersection of Rifle Range Road and Leslie Avenue and again at the intersection of Arch Rock Road and Huron Road. The Arch Rock Bicycle Trail and Botanical Trail will dead end before the hill leading to Arch Rock.

During this time Mackinac Island Carriage Tours, private livery tours, drive-yourself carriages, and saddle horses will have alternate routes that avoid Arch Rock.

Arch Rock closed

Roads will be closed at Leslie Avenue

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Greenup County launches economic development website – Lane Report

GREENUP, Ky. — The Greenup County Economic Development Authority (GCEDA) this week announced the launch of its websiteGreenupCountyKY.com. 

Businesses seeking to locate or expand their operations can review available industrial sites in the county. Detailed information is available for five prime sites along the Ohio River, with more listings to be added to the website shortly. Greenup County, Kentucky, is within a day’s drive of more than two-thirds of the US population and has dozens of sites ranging in acreage, including an 800-plus acreage site on the Ohio River over three tracts. 

“If you are looking for a site to expand your company’s operations, Greenup County has an affordable cost of doing business with people ready to work,” said Bobby Hall, Greenup County’s Judge Executive. 

“We are in the business of cutting red tape and welcoming investment opportunities with open arms. We want to be a business-friendly county that helps everyone be successful, and this website is an important step,” said Hall. 

Hall and the Greenup County Fiscal Court established the Greenup County Economic Development Authority (GCEDA), which comprises a broad spectrum of the area’s leaders with industry and government ties to bring in more well-paying jobs. 

GCEDA Chairman Aaron Thompson said marketing Greenup County’s assets through the website is an important step. 

“Greenup County is a special place. This website will provide details important to the industry looking for new locations to do business. The site highlights our ample, well-trained workforce, exceptional transportation options, and multiple build-ready sites with access to all utilities and infrastructure,” said Thompson. “We will continue to build content on this site as we promote the community across the state and nation.” 

GreenupCountyKY.com is one of many initiatives the county’s officials have undertaken in 2023 to improve opportunities for residents and

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