Gov. Snyder Celebrates 350 Years in the Soo; Discusses Past Successes, Keys to Future Growth

Governor Snyder was in Northern Michigan Monday, celebrating the state’s oldest city.

The governor stopped in downtown Sault Ste. Marie to celebrate their 350th anniversary.

Governor Snyder and local leaders, toured some of the newer business in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, a city that has seen recent growth, in part due to budding tourism.

“Tourism has been going very, very well. I have great reports of new places opening, seeing license plates from all over the country,” Governor Snyder, said.

Tourism is one of the leading reasons for the Sault’s success, the other main reason, the Soo Locks.

‘I think we’ve made more progress in the last two or three years than in the last two or three decades and let’s keep up that, getting another lock built would be huge for the area,” Governor Snyder, said in regards to the progress of building a new lock.

Progress that has this area excited.“Employment is in much better shape in the Sault, wages are coming up. The Sault is perfectly situated to continue economic expansion of Michigan,” State Senator Wayne Schmidt, said.

“One of the things I’d like to see us add up here are high-tech jobs and manufacturing jobs, those jobs that will really support a family and also jobs that will attract college-educated folks back to our area. In a small area like this, that’s what you need to leverage growth and development,” Bay Mills Indian Community Chairman Bryan Newland, said.

One of the key things the governor says the UP needs to tackle moving forward.

“Things like software development, robotics and you got great places like Lake Superior State University here that can be a catalyst to bring employers with educational institutions. Let’s celebrate the tribes let’s celebrate 350 years and say look at the success, it makes us have a bright future when you think about it,” the governor, added.