The fourth Citizens’ Academy of Mt. Pleasant is now accepting applications. Presented by the City of Mt. Pleasant, the academy is designed to engage members of the community and to expand their knowledge of the structure and functions of local government.
Participants will attend seven, three-hour weekly sessions beginning Tuesday, February 19. Each session will offer an in-depth look at the fundamentals of the City’s administration and budget; public works and utilities; parks and recreation; public safety; and community development. Additional topics covered include the basics of local government, elections and more.
The Citizens’ Academy is open to anyone living, working, owning property or attending school in the City.
“The Citizen’s Academy is an opportunity for residents to capture a close up view of how a municipality operates.” said Mt. Pleasant City Planner Jacob Kain. “Past participants have indicated the program is informative, enjoyable and has broadened their insight into local government.”
Registration for the academy is free and space is limited. Sessions will occur on the following Tuesdays: February 19, February 26, March 12, March 19, April 2, April 9, and April 16. Graduates of the academy will be recognized at the April 22 City Commission meeting.
MT. PLEASANT, Mich. – The City of Mt. Pleasant has been recognized for its successes and efforts in contributing to Michigan’s entrepreneurial growth and economic development in the annual eCities study conducted by researchers at iLabs, University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Center for Innovation Research. Mt. Pleasant was honored as a four-star community along with 180 other communities across the state.
Michelle Sponseller, Downtown Development Director shared, “Mt. Pleasant receiving this honor is evidence that our community continually strives to make comprehensive improvements in all facets. Every decision we make is geared towards growing our local economy. The increased level of investment to our commercial corridors is a reminder of this commitment by both our public and private leaders, alike.”
The eCities study analyzed publicly available data from 277 communities from 54 counties in Michigan. Researchers focused on the five-year changes in property values, community assets, and tax rates, which can demonstrate the growth, investments and cost of doing business within the community. For example, over the five-year period of 2013-2017, these communities increased their capital assets by an average of 2 percent per year by investments such as street and building improvements, technology, and emergency vehicles and equipment.
“While accounting for only about 15 percent of the cities and townships in Michigan, the 277 communities analyzed are home to 70 percent of the population and 85 percent of the state’s commercial property,” said Tim Davis, director, iLabs. “By analyzing these high-performing communities, our goal is to showcase what cities and townships are doing to spur growth and how we can continue to support their efforts in developing business and encouraging entrepreneurs.”
Mt. Pleasant will be acknowledged Thursday, Nov. 29, during the Executive Speaker Series panel discussion, which will discuss Michigan’s economic growth, including key areas such as capital, infrastructure, industry, and the ecosystem. The panel, moderated by Dr. Brian Patrick Green, Czarnecki Collegiate Professor, UM-Dearborn College of Business, will feature William Adams, Senior International Economist, PNC Financial Services Group; Maureen Miller Brosnan, Executive Director, Michigan Venture Capital Association; Kristina Kolbas, SVP Enterprise Services, Quicken Loans; and Jeff Marston, V.P. of Business Services, Comcast Business, Heartland Region. The event, hosted by WWJ Newsradio 950’s Murray Feldman of the Feldman Report, is free, but registration is required.
MT. PLEASANT, Mich. – Downtown Mt. Pleasant will be filled with holiday spirit at the annual Christmas Celebration slated for November 30 – December 1, 2018. A community tradition for 25 years, this event offers a variety of activities for the whole family beginning with a sing-along and tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. on Friday at Town Center (Broadway and Main Streets.)
Saturday highlights include a pancake breakfast with Santa at 9 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall. Admission is $7 per person and children under four are $5. At 6 p.m. the lighted parade will wind through the streets of downtown and feature McLaren Central Michigan Hospital as grand marshal.
This year’s parade will host a contest for “Most Lights,” “Most Creative/Best Craftsmanship,” “Most Holiday Spirit,” and “Best in Show.” To be eligible to compete, parade applications must be submitted to City Hall by Nov. 29.
On Saturday, the festival grand finale includes a fireworks display at 7 p.m. visible from the downtown area. This show, sponsored by the Bird Bar andGrill, is honoring both the 85th anniversary of The Bird and the 25th anniversary of the Christmas Celebration. The fireworks will be shot off from a location in Island Park and will be visible throughout the downtown and surrounding areas. City Manager Nancy Ridley shared, “Mt. Pleasant is fortunate to have members of our community who believe in our city and want to give back, providing opportunities for our residents to gather and make memories.”
Meet here. is a community movement, created by the community and fueled by local pride.
On November 13, the public gathered at the Art Reach Gallery to celebrate the community brand reveal. This project initially began with the City of Mt. Pleasantand the Mt. Pleasant Area Convention and Visitors Bureau working on their separate rebrand projects. Both entities had the foresight to combine efforts and invite other partners to become involved, creating a campaign which encompasses the entire community.
The other rebrand partners involved in this process included, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Charter Township of Union, Middle Michigan Development Corporationand Mid Michigan College.
The goals for this project were as follows:
Identifying and owning our community’s sense of place.
A consistent message the entire community is committed to telling.
Making an impact inside and outside our community.
Develop an enduring brand strategy; resulting in new growth opportunities.
To help achieve these goals the community partner agencies selected The Darwin Company, a center for social impact/marketing and advertising firm to lead this process.
Numerous members of the Mt. Pleasant community answered the call to action, and shared their thoughts and insights regarding what our community currently has to offer, and what should be the hopes for the future. This was accomplished through a series of focus groups, interviews and a Town Hall Meeting. Information obtained through these collection methods was analyzed and ultimately developed into a strategic initiative designed to boost tourism, economic development and community spirit.
It became apparent through this research process that people Meet here. for various reasons. Three recurring themes emerged.
Cultural Crossroads: “We are the intersection of every walk and stage of life.”
Relaxed Lifestyle: “Live life with plenty of the hustle, but none of the hassle.”
No Compromises: “Small town feel with big city amenities.”
The Meet here. campaign is versatile and has endless possibilities for residents, businesses, and service organizations to make it their own while still incorporating the community brand.
To find out more about the Meet here. campaign and how you can utilize it visit https://www.mountpleasantwow.com/meet-here/ or visit Facebook – @Meetheremtp. You are also welcome to share your Meet here. experience at #MeetMtP. If you need information regarding how to obtain the Meet here. logo contact Darcy Orlik, Director of Public Relations, City of Mt. Pleasant at email@example.com.
Summer is right around the corner and it’s not too early to start planning on how you or your children are going to keep active! Get outside with Mt. Pleasant Parks & Recreation to enjoy the nice weather and some summer fun.
No matter the age or interests, Parks & Rec. offers something perfect for any kid this summer! From tee-ball to flag football, golf or tennis, you’re sure to find a program to get your child up and out of the house! Start Smart™ tee-ball, flag football and golf: The Start Smart™ program is designed to assist parents in the development of their child’s basic motor skills and confidence in a specific sport. If you’re looking for a program both you and your child can experience together, this is the one for you! You’ll learn sportsmanship and skill development while having a blast together.
Does your child want to improve their tennis game? Ranging from beginners to advanced players, tennis lessons are offered throughout the summer for kids ages 3 to 14. Receive a racquet after registration and get out on the court for this month-long camp.
Kids aren’t the only ones who get to have fun this summer…grab a group of friends, family members or even co-workers and sign up for an adult league! A fun twist on all the sports you used to love, Parks & Rec. offers kickball, sand volleyball or softball adult leagues.
Tennis lessons are also offered to adults age 15 and above focusing on learning the essentials of the game.
As fall leaves turn into winter flakes, bundle up, grab your friends and family, and head to downtown Mt. Pleasant! These upcoming events are guaranteed to warm your heart and spark holiday cheer throughout the community.
From Friday, Dec. 1 through Saturday, Dec. 2, visit downtown Mt. Pleasant to feel the holiday spirit at the annual Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration. A community tradition for 24 years, this event offers a variety of activities for the whole family, including a sing-along and tree lighting ceremony on Friday, and hot-off-the-griddle pancakes with Santa and the lighted parade on Saturday.
New this year, the parade will feature a contest with winners selected for “Most Lights,” “Most Creative/Best Craftsmanship” and “Most Holiday Spirit.” Among the winners, one will be named “Best in Show.” To be eligible, parade applications must be submitted to City Hall by Nov. 30, 2017. Find the parade application here.
For a list of activities throughout the two-day celebration and additional information, please visit the City’s blog here.
Santa Claus is coming to Downtown Mt. Pleasant! Visit Santa and the North Pole at Town Center, on the corner of Main and Broadway streets, this Holiday season.
Bring your letters to the bright red mailbox and make sure Santa hears your Christmas wishes. Listen to Holiday music and have the yearly conversation with the big guy, himself. Santa Claus is available for free visits through Christmas, and photos are welcome.
When will you be making your way to the North Pole?
Friday, Dec. 22 ~ 5-8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 23 ~ 12-4 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 24 ~ Off to Deliver Toys!
25 Days of Christmas
Dec. 1 isn’t just day one of the Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration, it’s also the first of the 25 Days of Christmas downtown! Throughout the month of December, this holiday calendar will bring special attention to each day leading up to Dec. 25.
You’ll have dozens of reasons to #makedowntownyourdestination this holiday season as you’re welcomed with lively decorations, holiday-themed activities, and can’t miss promotions. The Christmas Tree at Town Center, Holiday Light Curtains and lit trees along the sidewalk set the stage to brighten even the chilliest of days.
With confirmed participants, including the gang at the Bird Bar & Grill, the Broadway Theater, Guys and Dolls Photography, and Art Reach, local businesses will continue to release promotions and activities from now through Dec. 25.
For all of the “25 Days of Christmas” details, click here!
Active since 1940, the Mt. Pleasant Municipal Airport is administered as a department within the Division of Public Works of the City of Mt. Pleasant. Covering an area of 344 acres, the airport is categorized as a General Utility Airport with two available runways.
Highlighted in this month’s “Why MP,” check out 3 reasons why the Mt. Pleasant Airport is a community treasure.
1. The City airport adds millions of dollars to the local economy each year.
Close to 1,300 aircraft utilize the airport annually, bringing visitors to the Mt. Pleasant area who stay at local hotels, eat at local restaurants and patron local businesses. As a result, nearly $8 million of revenue is added to the community each year!
“When the doors open on the plane, I rarely know who’s going to be on the other side,” said Airport Manager Bill Brickner. “People use the airport for a wide variety of reasons, from selling wares and delivering emergency parts, to transferring prisoners. Even celebrities use our airport.”
Corporate aircraft are among those that use the airport regularly, serving as a means of transportation for several companies, including Morbark, Bandit Industries, Delfield, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Meijer, Walmart, Kay Jewelers and Harley Davidson – just to name a few!
2. It serves as a resource for community safety and emergency services.
Used for the U.S. Military, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan State Police and Medi-Vac flights, the City Airport offers a quick and efficient method of transportation for those in emergency situations. With on-call staff members and a 24-hour phone line, emergency personnel rely on the airport in times of need.
Most recently, the airport housed airplanes that helped people in the paths of the hurricanes Harvey and Irma flee Texas and Florida.
In addition, the nonprofit organization, Wings of Mercy, uses the Mt. Pleasant Airport to provide free air transportation to distant medical centers for those with serious or rare illnesses in need of specialized care. Wings of Mercy connects those who can’t afford the financial burden of commercial flights with volunteer pilots who can get them there.
3. It offers educational and engaging events to promote aviation to all ages.
The Airport plays host to events organized by Chapter 907 of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), a group of aviation enthusiasts who plan events tailored to engage community members of all ages in hopes of sparking interest in aviation.
This year alone, the EAA’s Young Eagles program has provided free airplane rides to approximately 120 kids between the ages of 8-17. “With each flight lasting about 20 minutes, local kids love the opportunity to fly over Mt. Pleasant and potentially their houses,” says Brickner.
Another EAA-hosted event, “Wings & Wheels,” takes place on Sept. 16. For details, check out the Facebook event page here.
For more information about the Mt. Pleasant Airport, contact Airport Manager Bill Brickner at (989) 444-1996 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mt. Pleasant hosts an array of beautiful parks with more than 10 to explore. Island Park and Nelson Park are two community favorites, but what about the rest of the parks? Here are three more you should add to your summer bucket list.
With 30 acres of land, Chipp-A-Waters stretches along the Chippewa River. It’s the perfect place to adventure in Mt. Pleasant! Trails and outlooks offer the opportunity to observe nature and wildlife, and the “Access Adventure Trail”, makes it easy through an interactive tour. Check out the park’s other perks:
Shelter and picnic tables
GKB Riverwalk Trail access
Mission Creek Woodland Park
Get in touch with nature by visiting Mission Creek Woodland Park! There are four trail loops that wind through the woods, including some along Mission Creek. This park has no shortage of things to do– check out the sledding hill in the winter or Hannah’s Bark Park this summer!
Open play field
Although Horizon Park isn’t quite as big as the others, it still offers something for everyone. With a paved fitness trail, it’s the ideal park for those looking to get their steps in!
Summertime in Mt. Pleasant features not only beautiful scenery, but a wide variety of things to do! Events around the City offer something for everyone. Check out this list of why you should head downtown this summer:
1. Thrilling Thursdays
If you’re looking for some fun activities to fill your Thursday nights this summer, downtown is the place to be. Starting June 15, events like Yogapalooza, Bugs R Us and Mad Science Fair will be happening at the Town Center. To learn more about each week’s events, click here.
2. Max & Emily’s Summer Concert Series
While you’re downtown for Thrilling Thursdays, stick around for a concert! The series opens on June 29 with country singer Brandon Ray. For the full line up, check out the Max & Emily’s Facebook page.
3. Spray Park
Hot day? Don’t want to spend it inside? Your little ones will love the Spray Park at Island Park. It’s designed for youth ages 12 and younger, and features 100 water activated sprayers and nozzles. The park is opened for the summer, so be sure to check it out! Summer hours are 9:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
4. Timber Town 2.0
Speaking of parks, Timber Town 2.0 is the latest Mt. P treasure! Thank you to the community volunteers who made this park possible. We think it’s pretty cool… So we can’t wait for you to check it out! The park officially opens on June 9. Want to be there for the opening? Come to our community event from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. to catch the ribbon cutting ceremony.
And while you’re out and about, check out the rest of the parks Mt. P has to offer! There are some cool trails too– perfect for a morning run or afternoon dog walk. Our website lists all of our parks along with maps of each.
6. Downtown shops & eateries
Searching for the perfect gift or date night? Look no further than downtown Mt. P. With cute, local shops and delicious hidden gems, downtown is the perfect place to spend a day out. Grab some coffee at the Coffee House to start your day, then work your way down Broadway and Main hitting shops like Basketree and Trillium. Getting hungry? Don’t even hop in the car. Walk to Max & Emily’s for soup and sandwiches, or check out the Brass Cafe for some unique cuisines.
7. Movies by Moonlight
Mark your calendars for Saturdays in August! The Movies by Moonlight series kicks off on August 5 with the movie “Zootopia.” Find a spot on the hill at City Hall to catch the 8:30 p.m. showing. Here’s the line up:
August 12 – Lego Batman
August 19 – Rogue 1: A Star Wars Story
August 26 – Finding Dory
Bring your blankets and snacks… There’s nothing better than a summer movie night!
8. Farmers’ Market
One of the best parts of summer: the fresh fruits and veggies found at the Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market! Pick up some healthy, local food and products at Island Park on Thursdays and City Hall on Saturdays. The Thursday Farmers’ Market goes until October 26 and the Saturday Market begins June 24.
9. Car Show
On July 15, head downtown to catch the second annual Car and Motorcycle Show! The event, put on by the Home Builders Association, will feature contests like hula hooping, bubble blowing and watermelon eating in addition to the classic cars. Stick around until 5 p.m. to watch the trophy presentation. 60 cars will receive awards!
10. Other events around town
If that’s not enough, Mt. Pleasant also hosts events such as the Craft Beer Festival and and Art Walk Central. On Saturday, June 10, adults 21 years of age and older have the opportunity to sample Michigan’s own beer and fine wine. Later in the summer, Art Walk Central will fill the Mt. Pleasant community with art and cultural events such as a poetry slam, chalk art and artist talks. The art competition starts Aug. 3 and lasts until the end of the month.
We love this City all year-round, but there’s just something about spring that gets us excited to go outside and explore! Here are the top 5 reasons why we love spring in Mt. Pleasant so much:
1. The scenery
Mt. Pleasant always manages to look beautiful… But especially so in the spring! With flowers in full bloom and grass as green as can be, the City looks postcard perfect. Stroll downtown on a crisp spring day or explore CMU’s campus in the peak of springtime. Post a pic on Instagram and use the hashtag “#mtpleasantmi” to give us the chance to repost on our page. We love seeing spring in Mt. Pleasant!
2. The parks
Whether you want to play tennis, go for a run or just take a walk with your friends, there is always something to do at the City’s beautiful parks. Now that the snow will be gone for good, take advantage of the many trails in our parks! Our recommendation? Check out the GKB Riverwalk Trail. It’s 1.8 miles long and connects five of Mt. Pleasant’s most popular parks. We even have a map.
3. The start of spring sports
Whether you’re looking to watch a college baseball game or sign your child up for some tee-ball, there’s no shortage of spring sports in Mt. Pleasant! CMU baseball and softball games are already underway, or check out a CMU women’s lacrosse game! If you have little ones, register them for the Chippewa Kids Club to score a free ticket to select CMU sporting events.
As for Mt. Pleasant youth sports, spring soccer and tee-ball both start April 29. The “Start Smart” tee-ball for youth ages 3-5 starts May 2. Click here for more information on youth athletics and activities in the City.
4. Easter activities
This year, Easter falls on April 16– and we have a couple of fun (and free!) activities for kids leading up to it! On April 8, come to CMU’s Finch Fieldhouse for The Great Egg Scramble. Between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m., children ages 2-10 scramble for plastic toy and candy-filled eggs, candy and prizes. Crafts, games and refreshments are all part of the festivities as well. For the older kids, check out the Teen Flashlight Egg Hunt on April 9th at 8:30 p.m. The event taking place at Island Park South Shelter will feature hundreds of candy-filled eggs and the chance to win cool prizes!
5. Timber Town 2.0
Mark your calendars: the community build of Timber Town 2.0 starts May 17! We’re very excited for the new playground… It has some really cool features we think you and your family will love! However, we can’t build it without your help. To sign up to volunteer, go to www.uwgic.org/timbertown. For more information and pictures of the new design, check out www.timbertownmp.org or www.facebook.com/TimberTown2.0.