MSU, Idlewild tourism study complete

IDLEWILD — A Michigan State University Urban Planning Practicum has recently finished a nearly 200 page document for the Idlewild Community Development Corporation to develop a program for tourism development.

In the spring of 2012 the ICDC met with local residents to ascertain the needs of the Idlewild community. The group wrote a grant to collaborate with the MSU Urban Planning Practicum and the final document was presented in East Lansing on Friday.

The purpose of the project is to help the unincorporated community of Idlewild achieve community and economic prosperity by researching and creating a tourism development strategy that leverages Idlewild’s cultural and natural assets to attract year-round visitors.

Although ICDC was the lead agency on this project, several other organizations and individuals supported the project and provided information and assistance as needed. As time passes, the recommendations in the report should be evaluated, adapted, and updated to suit the changing needs and local realities of the community members who will implement them and will be affected by their results.

A public presentation of the document will be made in Idlewild within the next few weeks and the community is invited to attend and offer comments and suggestion as to how they would like to move forward.

Look in next week’s edition of the Lake County Star for an in-depth look into the findings of the practicum.